Southwest Fifth St. Bridge

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SW Fifth St. over Raccoon R., Des Moines, Iowa

Three-span through truss bridge over Raccoon River on SW 5th Street in Des Moines

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Description 

The Southwest Fifth Street Bridge ranks among Iowa's most significant vehicular spans. It is one of Iowa's few remaining pinned Pratt through trusses with three or more spans. As one of only three pinned through trusses located in an urban setting, the Southwest Fifth Street Bridge is exceptionally important in its representation of early urban wagon bridge construction. The controversies which surrounded the construction of the bridge also illuminate patterns of development in Des Moines and the nature of bridge contracting at the turn of the century. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER IA-71)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1998
Reference number
98000487
Architectural style
Other architectural type; pinned Pratt through truss
Area of significance
Engineering
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Road-related
Current function
Road-related
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1898

Update Log 

  • May 1, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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