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Bentonsport Bridge

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1882. South of Front Street, over the Des Moines River

The Bentonsport bridge spans the Des Moines River on four limestone piers. The iron bridge itself is a variation on the Pratt truss bridge, a type invented in 1844 by Caleb Pratt and built extensively throughout the Midwest. The open, lacy design is enhanced by the open horizontal girders and the crisscross bridge railing. The bridge is now open only to foot traffic.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Bentonsport Bridge", [Keosauqua, 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, 313-313.

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