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

Roseman Covered Bridge

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

Built: 1883
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.
 
Location. 41° 17.585′ N, 94° 9′ W. Marker is near Winterset, Iowa, in Madison County. Marker is on
Roseman Covered Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
2. Roseman Covered Bridge and Marker
Looking southeast from Elderberry Avenue parking lot
Elderberry Avenue south of Roseman Bridge Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of the road, at the northwest approach to the bridge, and about six miles WSW of Winterset. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2451 Elderberry Avenue, Winterset IA 50273, United States of America.
 
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. 7.5 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. The Bridges of Madison County Touring Options. (Submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Map of the Bridges of Madison County. (Submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Roseman Covered Bridge at bridgehunter.com. (Submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Movie The Bridges of Madison County (1995) at IMDb. (Submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsEntertainmentMan-Made Features
 
Roseman Covered Bridge Trusswork image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
3. Roseman Covered Bridge Trusswork
Roseman Covered Bridge Trusswork Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
4. Roseman Covered Bridge Trusswork Detail
Roseman Covered Bridge NW Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
5. Roseman Covered Bridge NW Entrance
Roseman Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
6. Roseman Covered Bridge
Roseman Covered Bridge Graffiti image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
7. Roseman Covered Bridge Graffiti
Roseman Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 18, 2014
8. Roseman Covered Bridge
Looking north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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