This bridge is an example of an uncommon truss type, the Camelback truss. The bridge is otherwise traditionally composed and aside from the loss of original railings, appears unaltered and with good historic integrity. Flooding has ripped added cable railings off parts of the bridge. The bridge has been closed to all traffic. The bridge contains seven panels, and is seated on stone abutments that have been supplemented with concrete. Floorbeams are rolled i-beams, and the truss includes built-up beams which are v-laced, and eyebars that are loop-forged.
Information and Findings From Iowa's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
in Eldorado, this medium-span truss carries an unpaved county road over
the Turkey River;. Known locally as the Eldorado Bridge, the structure
consists of a single pin-connected Camelback through truss, supported by
stone abutments. The Eldorado Bridge was constructed by contractor J.G.
Ratcliff of Waukon, Iowa, under contract with the Fayette County Board
of Supervisors. Completed in March 1899, it has functioned in place
since, in essentially unaltered condition.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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