Bridge Trip! 17 Historic Iowa Bridges We’ve Discovered

Author’s Note: Growing up just North of the border, I can testify to the fact that Iowa has a large number and wide Array of historic bridges, whose history Dates back to the 1860s and whose Engineering Technology contributed to the way Transportation and infrastructure in the US has developed to this day. Here’s an account of one Family, who did a cross-country tour of the Hawkeye state and saw the cremé de la creme of bridges going from North to south. I hope you enjoy it and can use this as part of your vacation plan to visit the Midwest. Iowa does make a Person smile. 🙂


We have traveled all over the great state of Iowa and we’ve noticed a trend. We have stumbled upon some outstanding bridges! From monstrous interstate high traffic achievements to small historical rural bridges that seem to be found in the most random places you can think of. Every road trip could use a bridge or two. (Click the links below the pictures to see the original blog post these bridges are featured in)

One of our most enjoyable time on the Mississippi River was June in Lansing, Iowa. 

In the town park of Fertile, Iowa is one of the most picturesque scenes anywhere on the Winnebago River.

Our latest trip to Spencer had this beautiful bridge welcoming us in to town and will see thousands of bikes during RAGBRAI this year!
We made the trip to Charles City for our annual Scouting RAGBRAI series and enjoyed their iconic cable stayed bridge over the Cedar River.
Our recent search for Iowa’s best sandwich brought us to the banks of the Skunk River and the tiny Henry County town of Oakland Mills.
You can’t get out of Madison County without seeing one of their many covered bridges. This one sits proudly in Winterset’s City Park. City Park includes much more than bridges- you can enjoy activities from bocce ball to a great hedge maze to a legendary view.

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