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Commerce Bridge


Photo provided by Hank Zaletel

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Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Raccoon River on Commerce Drive
Commerce, Polk County, Iowa
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1889; Destroyed 1965
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.53631, -93.75942   (decimal degrees)
41°32'11" N, 93°45'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/436651/4598574 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56101 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 8, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • January 13, 2019: New photo from Luke
  • December 14, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build date + image
  • June 21, 2013: New photos from Michael O'Brien
  • June 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added one of the builders based on plaque shape
  • June 13, 2013: New photo from Michael O'Brien
  • June 12, 2013: New photos from Michael O'Brien
  • June 9, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • April 25, 2013: Added by Luke Harden


Commerce Bridge
Posted July 19, 2020, by mc (mculbertson [at] gmail [dot] com)

Explored this area from Commerce Drive last week.

It's easy to see where the bridge was, as there's an *extremely* short stub road with a railroad crossing, (including crossing lights!) off Commerce, that dead ends immediately across the tracks in a couple of private drives that go left and right.

Commerce Bridge
Posted August 10, 2018, by Luke

Based on this aerial image from 1963, it was usable up until 1965.

Commerce Bridge
Posted August 10, 2018, by Nancy R Andresen (NRANDRESEN [at] msn [dot] com)

Was the bridge usabable until 1965 or was part of it washed out about 1947 and the remains destroyed in 1965?

Is it possible to find the location now?