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

Cedar Covered Bridge

 
 
Cedar Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
1. Cedar Covered Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Original Built: 1883
By: H.P. Jones

Replica Built: 2004
By: Herberger Construction Company

Type: Covered Timber Town Lattice Truss
Overlaid by a Queenpost Frame

Size: 130 feet (66 ft truss with an 42.5 ft approach to the south
and a 21.5 ft approach to the north) x 13.7 feet wide


Cedar Bridge (formally known as the Casper Bridge) was one of the last covered bridges built in the county, reportedly undertaken by Jones after he completed the Roseman Bridge so that he could resolve some framing difficulties. Originally built over North River, it carried traffic until 1920, when it was moved to its present site over Cedar Creek. Here it functioned in place until it too was bypassed in 1964 by another bridge. The Cedar Bridge cost just $2,965 to build and was the only covered bridge still open to traffic.

Unfortunately, on September 3, 2202, the original Cedar Covered Bridge was destroyed by arson. In 2004, an exact replica was built to replace the Cedar Covered Bridge at a cost of $772,824. the new bridge was opened to traffic on August 23, 2004.
 
Location. 41° 21.922′ N, 93° 59.451′ W. Marker is near Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County. Marker is on Cedar Bridge Road 1.8 miles
Cedar Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
2. Cedar Covered Bridge Marker
north of Iowa Highway 92, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winterset IA 50273, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 101 East Jefferson (approx. 2.4 miles away); 73 Jefferson (approx. 2.4 miles away); Winterset Civil War Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); 71 Jefferson (approx. 2.4 miles away); 69 Jefferson (approx. 2.4 miles away); 106 East Jefferson (approx. 2.4 miles away); 67 Jefferson Street (approx. 2.4 miles away); 65 Jefferson Street (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winterset.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Cedar Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
3. Cedar Covered Bridge
Cedar Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
4. Cedar Covered Bridge
Cedar Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 23, 2014
5. Cedar Covered Bridge
the only covered bridge still open to traffic
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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