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Brighton Bridge (Old)


Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923


BH Photo #253052


Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Skunk River on Unknown road
Brighton, Washington County, Iowa
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1867; 1 span lost during 1903 flooding and replaced with a then-modern Pratt pony; Replaced 1908
Bowstring pony truss
Also called
Skunk River Bowstring Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.19611, -91.81077   (decimal degrees)
41°11'46" N, 91°48'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/599720/4561209 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 51410 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,375)
Bowstring pony truss (347)
Bowstring truss (665)
Brighton, Iowa (5)
Built 1867 (68)
Built during 1860s (600)
Iowa (6,793)
Lost (28,476)
Lost 1908 (58)
Lost during 1900s (390)
Pony truss (17,011)
Pratt pony truss (3,951)
Pratt truss (10,299)
Replaced by new bridge (19,367)
Skewed (5,012)
Skunk River (33)
Truss (35,458)
Washington County, Iowa (140)
Wooden deck (6,160)

Update Log 

  • January 5, 2022: New photo from Luke
  • December 20, 2016: Updated by Luke: Added built date
  • March 19, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Bridge was replaced, entry coming soon.
  • August 26, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • August 26, 2012: Updated by Don Morrison: Moved map pin to current crossing of road
  • February 23, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Skunk River", "Skewed", "Wooden deck"

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Skunk River Bowstring Bridge
Posted September 7, 2013, by N Smith (sawport [at] gmail [dot] com)

The picture from the railroad tracks is looking north.

The road bridge is hiway 1 from Washington to Brighton.

The highway was realigned on to the railroad right-of -way and the railroad bypassed Washington and realigned from Ainsworth to brighton