Motor Townsite

Also known as: Motor Mill
East of Elkader, Elkader, Iowa

Site of a mill complex on the Turkey River, including a reproduced, two-span through truss bridge


Overview Looking North

The original two-span through truss was lost in two different floods. It was reproduced, mounted on the original pier and opened to traffic in 1012.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2013



National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 2, 1977
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Pratt-Truss bridge
Areas of significance
Industry; Exploration/Settlement
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Road-related; Animal facility; Manufacturing facility; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Road-related; Animal facility
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
ca. 1868; 1875
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 2

Update Log 

  • October 24, 2017: New photos from Ray Kasal
  • June 23, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos