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This is a list of all 16 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Iowa. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1897 Swinging
Iowa Falls, Iowa, USA (Iowa River - Assembly Park)
Bridgemeister ID:106
O'Donnell ID:524
Coordinates:N 42.5215 W 93.2708
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Commodore C.C. Bartlett, J.M. Eddy
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~128f
Side span:~68f
Notes
  • According to plaque at bridge, rebuilt 1909, 1925, 1956, 1989.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1906 Swinging (Charles City, Clark Street)
Charles City, Iowa, USA (Cedar River)
Bridgemeister ID:118
O'Donnell ID:459
Coordinates:N 43.070433 W 92.685517
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Charles Hart, O.B. Zimmerman
Use:Footbridge
Status:Destroyed (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~298f
Side spans:~30f, ~136f
Notes
  • Bids accepted for refurbishment, expected to be completed October, 2007.
  • Destroyed by floodwaters June 8, 2008.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1932 Prairie du Chien I
Praire du Chien, Wisconsin and Marquette, Iowa, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:177
Structurae ID:0030637
References:AAJ, AUB, BPL
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:473f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1932 Prairie du Chien II
Praire du Chien, Wisconsin and Marquette, Iowa, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:1256
Structurae ID:0030637
References:AAJ, AUB, BPL
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:473f
Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1935 Iowa-Illinois Memorial I
Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:180
Structurae ID:0008051
O'Donnell ID:533
Coordinates:N 41.52095 W 90.513033
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, CMR
Principals:Modjeski, Masters, and Chase
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:740f
Side spans:2 x 370f
Deck width:24.2f

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1936 Swinging
Story City, Iowa, USA (Skunk River - South Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1181
O'Donnell ID:525
Coordinates:N 42.186517 W 93.586683
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:WPA
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~71f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1955 Gateway
Clinton, Iowa and East Clinton, Illinois, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:331
Structurae ID:0030648
O'Donnell ID:532
Coordinates:N 41.83785 W 90.18455
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:CMR
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:644f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1960 Iowa-Illinois Memorial II
Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois, USA (Mississippi River)
Bridgemeister ID:213
Structurae ID:0008050
O'Donnell ID:534
Coordinates:N 41.52095 W 90.513033
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:CMR
Use:Vehicular
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1984 (footbridge)
Martensdale vicinity, Iowa, USA (Zo-El Annett Woods)
Bridgemeister ID:1866
O'Donnell ID:527
Coordinates:N 41.395367 W 93.698733
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Iowa Youth Conservation Corp
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~120f
Notes
  • Lisa Youngblut writes: "My husband and his summer crew, the Iowa Youth Conservation Corp, built this bridge in the summer 1984. They used spades, shovels, hammers and nails, a handsaw and a brace and bit. Half of the materials, including 4 yards of concrete, were shipped to the other side of the ravine on a zip line. The cement was bucket brigaded from the zip line to the piling and the anchors."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Baldwin vicinity, Iowa, USA (Bear Creek - Eden Valley County Refuge)
Bridgemeister ID:1875
O'Donnell ID:531
Coordinates:N 42.04455 W 90.86093
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:90f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA (Ellis Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1853
Use:Footbridge
Suspended spans:1
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Estherville, Iowa, USA (West Fork Des Moines River)
Bridgemeister ID:2041
O'Donnell ID:460
Coordinates:N 43.403883 W 94.844167
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~152f
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(pipeline bridge)
Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA (Mosquito Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2268
O'Donnell ID:1023
Coordinates:N 41.20985 W 95.82730
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell estimated the main span of this bridge at roughly 550 feet.
(pipeline bridge)
Plattsmouth, Nebraska and Pacific Junction vicinity, Iowa, USA (Missouri River)
Bridgemeister ID:2038
Structurae ID:0030104
O'Donnell ID:523
Coordinates:N 41.0028 W 95.8679
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:1
Side span:1
Notes
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell roughly estimates the two spans at 1,500 and 750 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(pipeline bridge)
Sioux City, Iowa and Dakota City vicinity, Nebraska, USA (Missouri River)
Bridgemeister ID:2252
Coordinates:N 42.43842 W 96.38387
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Pipeline
Status:Extant (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • Large pipeline suspension bridge located near the Big Soo terminal.
Brookside Park
Ames, Iowa, USA (Squaw Creek - Brookside Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1644
O'Donnell ID:526
Coordinates:N 42.02895 W 93.62915
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~128f
Notes
  • Wrecked by flood May, 2008. Permanently replaced by a non-suspension bridge February, 2009.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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