Near Winterset in Madison County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hogback Covered Bridge
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Bridges & ViaductsCovered Bridges 🌉 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
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. Marker is at the western approach to the bridge, adjacent to a roadside pullout, about five miles NNW of Winterset. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winterset IA 50273, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winterset.
Also see . . . Hogback Covered Bridge at bridgehunter.com. (Submitted on March 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 18, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.