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Near Winterset in Madison County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Hogback Covered Bridge

 
 
Hogback Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
1. Hogback Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.

Built: 1884
By: Benton Jones
Type: Covered Timber Town Lattice Truss
overlaid by a Queenpost Frame
Size: 160 feet (98 ft truss with two 62 ft
approaches) x 15 feet wide


Jones was responsible for the last all-timber truss built in the county, known locally as the Hogback Covered Bridge. The Hogback Covered Bridge is in its original location. Hogback gets its name from the limestone ridge which forms the west end of the valley. It was renovated in 1992 at a cost of $118,810.

During the 1870's Madison County contracted for a series of timber trusses covered with roofs and walls. It is not known how many covered bridges were built in Iowa between 1850 and 1900, but a conservative estimate would be a hundred or so. Almost all have been destroyed by flooding, fire, collisions or demolition, leaving only a few remaining examples.
 
Erected 2012 by Madison County Antique Association.
 
Location. 41° 23.195′ N, 94° 2.869′ W. Marker is near Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County. Marker is on Hogback Bridge Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at the western approach to the bridge, adjacent to a roadside pullout, about five
Hogback Covered Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
2. Hogback Covered Bridge and Marker
Western approach
miles NNW of Winterset. Marker is in this post office area: Winterset IA 50273, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North River Schoolhouse (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cedar Covered Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away); 51 Jefferson Street (approx. 3.9 miles away); 53 Jefferson Street (approx. 3.9 miles away); 55 Jefferson Street (approx. 3.9 miles away); 124 North 1st Avenue (approx. 3.9 miles away); 57 Jefferson Street (approx. 3.9 miles away); 59 Jefferson Street (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winterset.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Bridges of Madison County Touring Options. (Submitted on March 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Map of the Bridges of Madison County. (Submitted on March 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Hogback Covered Bridge at bridgehunter.com. (Submitted on March 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made Features
 
Hogback Covered Bridge West Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
3. Hogback Covered Bridge West Entrance
Hogback Covered Bridge Trusswork image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
4. Hogback Covered Bridge Trusswork
Hogback Covered Bridge's Well-Worn Floor Planks image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
5. Hogback Covered Bridge's Well-Worn Floor Planks
Hogback Covered Bridge Dreamer Journal Box image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
6. Hogback Covered Bridge Dreamer Journal Box
Hogback Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
7. Hogback Covered Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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