Travel: Historic 1884 Hogback Bridge, (Winterset, IA)

We stopped to look at this historic bridge near Winterset, Iowa, on our way to see John Wayne's birthplace during our family vacation. It was an old bridge built in 1884, but was well built.


We don't know why it is called Hogback Bridge, but that is the name given to the bridge. There was no description of why or how it came to be. Just thought I'd post this neat picture!

By Jennifer

July 14, 20100 found this helpful

I find old buildings etc etc fascinating, just thinking of the skill of the workmen at a time when they didn't have all the machinery etc available today.

Googled it and came up with this:

Built in 1884 by Benton Jones, it measures 97 feet, and is in its original location in a valley north of Winterset. 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.

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July 14, 20100 found this helpful

We have a ridge across the downs in Surrey called the Hog's Back. The views from it are spectacular.

Marg from England.

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July 14, 20100 found this helpful

Fascinating! Thanks for the historical info, SkinnyGinny and Marg.

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