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Cemetery Road Bridge

Anamosa Bridge

Cemetery Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 2, 2009 and August 10, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cemetery Road Over Wapsipinicon River
Location
Anamosa: Jones County, Iowa: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1887 By Builder/Contractor: Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1975
Main Span Length
160 Feet (48.77 Meters)
Structure Length
160 Feet (48.77 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is on the border of the same Wapsipinicon State Park that the Hale Bridge was moved into, making the park a good destination for historic bridge enthusiasts. The Cemetery Road Bridge is, unlike the Hale Bridge, sitting in its original location.

The Cemetery Road Bridge is a large and particularly ornate and beautiful Pratt through truss bridge. For a pin-connected truss bridge from this era, it is a very long span. Typical of longer Pratt spans, the truss is tall with extensive sway bracing. The bridge was built by Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works for $3000, over $2000 less than the next nearest bid. Despite this low bid, Milwaukee Bridge built a bridge that was fairly massive for its time, and had some nice portal decorations.

The bridge remains today in use for non-motorized traffic. The bridge retains good historic integrity. The bridge enjoys a high level of significance due to its integrity, span size, and its relatively ornate decorations. It is also a beautiful and historic attraction for the park it is adjacent to.

The stone abutments on which this bridge sits were also built in 1887. The contractor for the abutments was James Milne.

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