Cedar Covered Bridge

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Cedar Bridge refers to two different bridges. The original Cedar Covered Bridge was built in 1883,[1] moved in 1921, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The bridge was filmed in the The Bridges of Madison County,[2] and destroyed by arson in 2002.[3] The current covered Cedar Bridge was built in 2004.[4]

The original Cedar Covered Bridge[edit]

Cedar Covered Bridge
Cedar Covered Bridge is located in Iowa
Cedar Covered Bridge
Nearest city 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Winterset, Iowa
Coordinates 41°21′53″N 93°59′24″W / 41.36472°N 93.99000°W / 41.36472; -93.99000
Area less than one acre
Built 1883
1921 (moved)
Built by Jones,H.P.
Architectural style Other, covered bridge
Demolished 2002
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 76000786[5]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 28, 1976[7]
Removed from NRHP October 18, 2002[6]

Cedar Covered Bridge was built in 1883 by Benton Jones at a location north of Winterset over Cedar Creek where is now crossed by U.S. 169. It was 75 feet (23 m) long. The bridge was moved in 1921 to the current location over Cedar Creek.[8] A picture of this bridge is on the cover of the novel The Bridges of Madison County.[1] It was renovated in 1998.[4][8] It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[7]

This bridge was destroyed by arson on September 3, 2002.[2][4][8] It was taken off the National Register of Historic Places on October 18, 2002.[6]

New Cedar Covered Bridge[edit]

The new Cedar Covered Bridge

A replacement bridge was built to the same plans and specifications as the original and using authentic materials and techniques. It reopened during October, 2004.[4][8]


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  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 10/14/02 through 10/18/02". National Park Service. October 25, 2002. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Annual Listing of Historic Properties" (PDF). Federal Register. U.S. Government Printing Office. February 6, 1979. p. 7470. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "The Bridges of Madison County". Madison County, Iowa. Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 20 March 2012.