Near Winterset in Madison County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Roseman Covered Bridge
By: Benton Jones & G.K. Foster
Type: Covered Timber Town Lattice Truss
overlaid by a Queenpost Frame
Size: 225 feet (104 ft truss with an 88 ft
approach to the south and a 33 ft approach
to the north) x 15.4 feet wide
The two last covered bridges built in Madison County were the Roseman and Cedar Bridges over the Middle and North Rivers, respectively. Both approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1877, they were built in succession in 1883 by Jones and Foster. The Roseman Bridge (also called the Oak Grovers Bridge) cost just $2,930 to build. It carried traffic for almost a hundred years before it was bypassed by the bridge to the east in 1981.
Benton Jones, who was probably responsible for the design of the Roseman Bridge, strengthened the truss further by superimposing upon it a Queenpost truss, thus creating a structural redundancy. The result is a bridge that has stood in place while almost all of the other timber trusses in Iowa have since been demolished.
Erected 2012 by Glenna Finney in honor of Thomas E. Smith Family
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 41° 17.585′ N, 94° 9′ W. Marker is near Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County. Marker is on Elderberry Avenue south of Roseman Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the end of the road, at the northwest approach to the bridge, and about six miles WSW of Winterset. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2451 Elderberry Avenue, Winterset IA 50273, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middle River Water Trail (here, next to this marker); Carnegie Building (approx. 7˝ miles away); 102 West Court Avenue (approx. 7.6 miles away); 102 North 1st Avenue (approx. 7.6 miles away); 106 North 1st Avenue (approx. 7.6 miles away); 108 North 1st Avenue (approx. 7.6 miles away); 52 Court Avenue (approx. 7.6 miles away); 110 North First Avenue (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winterset.
Also see . . .
1. Roseman Covered Bridge at bridgehunter.com. (Submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Movie The Bridges of Madison County (1995) at IMDb(Submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.