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Hale Bridge, Spanning Wapsipinicon River, Oxford Junction, Jones County, IA

Hale Bridge, Spanning Wapsipinicon River, Oxford Junction, Jones County, IA

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Significance: The three-span Hale Bridge is a striking, and extremely rare, example of what was once a common bridge form: the bowstring arch-truss. In the 1860s and 1870s bowstring arch-trusses were used extensively because of their great structural efficiency and relatively low construction costs. The Hale Bridge is an excellent example of the work of the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company, a major bridge fabricator who erected a great number of this type of bridge throughout the nation, including in Iowa.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N231
Survey number: HAER IA-59
Building/structure dates: 1879 Initial Construction
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 98000539



Historic American Engineering Record, creator
King Iron Bridge & Manufacturing Company
King, Zenas




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