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SW 63rd Street Bridge


Photograph by Jack Brinton for the Des Moines Tribune; Provided by Lost Des Moines

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BH Photo #339170


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Raccoon River
West Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1894'; Replaced 1964
- Toledo Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio [also known as Smith Bridge Co.]
Parker through truss
Also called
Valley Junction Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.56300, -93.70346   (decimal degrees)
41°33'47" N, 93°42'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/441343/4601496 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SW
Inventory number
BH 55664 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added historical name
  • July 13, 2016: Updated by Luke: Corrected build date and builder
  • July 12, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • October 9, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • May 5, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added lost date.
  • February 28, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Mapped
  • February 27, 2013: Added by Michael O'Brien


SW 63rd Street Bridge
Posted October 8, 2015, by Joel Bader (joenonac [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The first photograph was taken by a Jack Brinton. The credit line seems to indicate that this photo was taken for the Des Moines Tribune newspaper (which ceased publication in 1982).

SW 63rd Street Bridge
Posted June 15, 2013, by Pat Meiners (a1hawkeye [at] juno [dot] com)

this '64 Barracuda must have been the last car across