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Juniper Avenue Bridge


Oblique Profile from IA92

Photo taken by Luke in November 2021


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BH Photo #512089



Pratt through truss bridge over West Fork Crooked Creek on Abandoned section of Juniper Avenue
Washington County, Iowa
Built 1887
- George E. King Bridge Co. of Des Moines, Iowa (Likely Builder)
8-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.33789, -91.77357   (decimal degrees)
41°20'16" N, 91°46'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/602617/4576992 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Land survey
T. 74 N., R. 7 W., Sec. 11
Inventory numbers
IA 335720 (Iowa bridge number)
BH 14686 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2021: Updated by Luke: Edited build date: Truss matches 1890s George E. King products
  • November 16, 2021: Updated by Luke: Added photos I took today; Changed type to through, noted pinned connections and likely builder based on design cues.
  • December 28, 2020: Updated by Luke: This bridge's demise has been greatly exaggerated
  • October 11, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is gone


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke


Juniper Avenue Bridge
Posted November 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm glad you were able to make it out there today Luke!

I didn't think it was a pony truss based on what I was able to see in the historic imagery.

Juniper Avenue Bridge
Posted November 16, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

So, here we have yet another Iowa bridge a certain someone marked as lost when it was not. For anyone planning a trip to Iowa, I unfortunately must advise that you carefully scrutinize the "lost" bridges as there may still be more discrepancies of this sort as this was not an isolated incident. Thankfully Luke isn't so gullible! That said, looks like these were "just in time" photos. Don't see a bright future for this bridge...