Keystone Bridge

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Address: Bridge & Main Street, Elkader IA

Open to Public: Yes

Activities: Self-guided driving/walking tour

This Keystone Bridge is known as the longest of its type west of the Mississippi river. It is 346 feet long and was built of locally quarried limestone in 1889. Construction of the bridge lasted nine months at a cost of $16,282. In later years a sidewalk was added to the north side of the bridge.

The State Preservation Program nominated this bridge to the National Register of Historic Places in January, 1976.

Local historian Dave Beck wrote an article for the newspaper for the town’s 175th Anniversary Celebration.  A copy of that article and the photos that appeared with it can be accessed by clicking here.

Information and updates on the current rehab project can be found on the home page under News and Notice.

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