Beaver Creek Bridge

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210th St. over Beaver Creek, Beaver, Iowa

Marsh Through Arch bridge over Beaver Creek on 210th Avenue

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Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2014

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Description 

This Marsh Engineering designed arch bridge is one of the famous arch bridges designed by Marsh along the Lincoln Highway and is one of two extant. (The most famous is the Raccoon River bridge in Greene County, see #162260.) The original 1912 alignment of the Lincoln Highway passed through Beaver but moved to this road when this bridge was built.

The stunning design of this bridge also provides its durability.

One of five identical bridges built in this area, this is the last survivor. It has been threatened in the past because of the narrow deck - the exact feature that caused the demise of the other four - and the high arch railings that block large farm equipment from using it.

The bridge is located on 210th Street, just off B Avenue, a few miles north of Beaver. It is also a popular nesting place for barn swallows.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1998
Reference number
98000762
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Concrete Marsh arch
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
1900-1924
Significant year
1919

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2015: New photo from Ray Kasal
  • May 31, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Photos and Added Description

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