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Owens Covered Bridge

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1887–1888. Ewing Park/Lake Easter Park, south on Indianola Rd. to S.E. 48th Ave.

The Owens bridge was built over the North River near the town of Carlisle (about 10 miles southeast of Des Moines). It was in continuous use from 1888 until 1940, when it was abandoned because of the construction of a new road, and a change in the location of the riverbed. In 1968 the bridge was moved and reconstructed in the park on an arm of Lake Easter. The bridge was built by Sam Gray, who employed a Howe truss structure. The 100-foot-long single-span bridge is covered by a low gable roof and its walls are sheathed in vertical planks.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Owens Covered Bridge", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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