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Ankeny Luten Arch


Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

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BH Photo #246213


Lost Luten arch bridge over Fourmile Creek on 1st Street
Ankeny, Polk County, Iowa
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1910; Damaged irreparably by flooding in 1917
- N.M. Stark & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Luten arch
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.73166, -93.57223   (decimal degrees)
41°43'54" N, 93°34'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/452410/4620141 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines NE
Inventory number
BH 55109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added builder based on design cues
  • July 20, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added buil & loss dates + bridge length
  • January 3, 2013: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke


Ankeny Luten Arch
Posted January 4, 2013, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

The source on Flickr is a former IDOT worker, so I'm assuming there was a notation on the back stating it's in Ankeny. I've asked if he knows exactly where in Ankeny it was.

Ankeny Luten Arch
Posted January 4, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It's like the trick pictures on ebay--look in the reflection on the water, you can see everything!

Inquiring minds want to know--where is the source for this bridge? I'd like to hope it's still around and just misplaced....

Ankeny Luten Arch
Posted January 4, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

When I clicked on the link to view in Flickr I got a message reading "This photo falls outside your current SafeSearch filter. You can click through to see it if you want." The photo is marked as "restricted." Its a false alarm apparently, since this bridge clearly has all its private parts covered in concrete. No naked bridges here.