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Iowa Transportation History Quiz II: The Bridges of Iowa

  In the run-up to the fifth annual Historic Bridge Weekend taking place next weekend beginning Friday the 9th in Preston, Minnesota, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is providing readers with a pair of quizzes pertaining to Iowa’s transportation history, designed to … Continue reading

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Moderne ou Historique? The newly rebuilt Sutliff Bridge

What is modern and what is historic, when we look at bridges in general? This question is very difficult because it is based on the individual bridge and its appearance. Sometimes we cross a truss bridge that looks as old … Continue reading

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How to fix an antique metal bridge: DVD on Historic Bridge Restoration by Julie Bowers

Author’s Note: This article serves as a twofold function: 1. It is part of a multiple series on the Historic Bridge Conference, which took place last weekend (21-23 September) in Indiana, where the documentary was shown, and 2. This is … Continue reading

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The Bridges of Ames, Iowa

  Our next post brings you to Ames, Iowa. Located 30 miles (48 km) north of the capital of Des Moines, the city of 59,000 is perhaps the engineering hub of the state. The Iowa Department of Transportation has its … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge Update: The US 101 Bridges in California

In the June 7th edition of the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles, I profiled the four bridges in Harrison County, Iowa that were part of a larger bridge imported all the way from California. Two of these bridges have been torn down, one … Continue reading

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Mystery Bridge nr. 3: The Bridges that came from California

Author’s Note: The next two historic bridge entries deal with the bridges in Harrison County, Iowa. While the county has one of the highest number of historic bridges in the state, the uniqueness of it is the fact that a … Continue reading

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Help needed: Photos, postcards and stories about Iowa’s Bridges

When looking at the Durrow Road Bridge, located east of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a typical through truss bridge built in the 1920s. Judging by its recent paint job, it … Continue reading

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