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Ball's Ford Bridge


Iowa Department of Transportation


BH Photo #400927


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Des Moines RFD 2/Avon RFD 1
Pleasant Hill, Polk County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca. 1891 as 4 Parker through trusses; One span replaced by a Pratt through truss 1909; One span collapsed June 23rd, 1938 under weight of car; One span relocated to Warren County and has since been demolished
- Clinton Bridge & Iron Works of Clinton, Iowa (Pratt Approach)
- King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Co. of Cleveland, Ohio (Parker Main Spans) [also known as King Bridge Co.]
3 Pinned Parker through trusses
1 Riveted Pratt through truss
Also called
Levey Bridge
Des Moines RFD 2 Bridge
Avon RFD 1 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.55137, -93.52472   (decimal degrees)
41°33'05" N, 93°31'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/456239/4600100 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Des Moines SE
Inventory number
BH 70467 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 18, 2020: Updated by Luke: Added Clinton span build date
  • December 18, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added photo + updated causes of loss; Noted relocated spans
  • August 25, 2017: New photos from Luke
  • August 13, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder
  • January 8, 2016: Updated by Luke: Circa build date + possible historical names
  • January 7, 2016: Added by Luke

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