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“Melan” Bridge

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1893, Fritz von Emperger, engineer. Sater Park, north side of Iowa 9; eastern edge of Rock Rapids

A bridge of reinforced concrete with elliptical arches and a 30-foot span, this was one of the first reinforced concrete bridges for highway use to be constructed in the United States. The design of the bridge was based on a system developed by the Austrian engineer Joseph Melan. In 1964 it was moved to its present site from its former location over Dry Creek, 3 miles to the south.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "“Melan” Bridge", [Rock Rapids, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 493-493.

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