Beaver Creek Bridge

Demolished
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M Ave. over Beaver Cr., Perry, Iowa

(Lost) Marsh arch bridge over Beaver Creek on M Avenue

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GONE!

Replaced in 2004 by this UCEB.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2014

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Description 

Marsh concrete through arch replaced by a UCEB - Utilitarian Concrete Eyesore Bridge. (Some would say, "UGLY Concrete Eyesore Bridge" which is hard to argue with.)

At one time, Marsh concrete through arches were commonplace in Iowa and in some other Midwestern states. Those elegant bridges are disappearing at an alarming rate.

There is an excellent example of the Marsh Rainbow Arch design that is extant on one of the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway. It is in Boone County, not too far north of here. You can see the Beaver Creek Bridge by clicking the link. It is the last remaining of five Marsh arch bridges that were built in that part of Boone County.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 25, 1998
Reference number
98000796
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
1916

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos

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