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Pittsburg Bridge


Pittsburg Bridge

Iowa City Press-Citizen: November 17 1958

BH Photo #457081


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Road
Pittsburg, Van Buren County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1882, One span collapsed Nov. 15, 1958 after a car collision; Replaced 1960
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
(5)8-panel, pinned Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 600.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.74618, -91.98853   (decimal degrees)
40°44'46" N, 91°59'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/585391/4511073 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56895 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2021: New photo from Luke
  • March 20, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder and other stuff
  • March 20, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • September 30, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • September 29, 2019: Updated by Luke: Added cause of loss
  • June 30, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



Pittsburg Bridge
Posted March 20, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I think there may be a "Don't Cross Faster Than a Walk" sign attached, but the portal design and the X panel with the year badge is WIBCo for sure.

It was a 5-span structure so I changed the individual span length to 120 which would be about right for 8 panels.

Pittsburg Bridge
Posted March 20, 2020, by Luke

Now we just need Tony to ID the plaque :')

Pittsburg Bridge
Posted March 20, 2020, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Luke I'm thrilled you found a photo !

Pittsburg Bridge
Posted September 29, 2019, by Luke

As one can guess, this bridge has been a pain to find information on: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/363288828/