Cedar Covered Bridge

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Cedar Covered Bridge
A447, Cedar Covered Bridge, Madison County, Iowa, USA, 2016.jpg
The new Cedar Covered Bridge
Cedar Covered Bridge is located in Iowa
Cedar Covered Bridge
Cedar Covered Bridge is located in the United States
Cedar Covered Bridge
Nearest city1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Winterset, Iowa
Coordinates41°21′57″N 93°59′27″W / 41.36583°N 93.99083°W / 41.36583; -93.99083
Arealess than one acre
1921 (moved)
Built byJones, H.P.
Architectural styleOther, covered bridge
NRHP reference #76000786[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPAugust 28, 1976[3]
Removed from NRHPOctober 18, 2002[2]

Cedar Bridge refers to two different bridges. The original Cedar Covered Bridge was built in 1883,[4] moved in 1921, and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The bridge was filmed in the 1995 movie The Bridges of Madison County,[5] and destroyed by arson in 2002.[6] The second covered Cedar Bridge was built in 2004.[7] This second bridge was destroyed by arsonists in 2017. As of July 2018, only the foundation of the bridge remains.

The original Cedar Covered Bridge[edit]

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.[9] It was renovated in 1998.[7][8] It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[3]

This bridge was destroyed by arson on September 3, 2002.[7][8][10] It was taken off the National Register of Historic Places on October 18, 2002.[2]

New Cedar Covered Bridge[edit]

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.[7][8] On April 15, 2017, the new bridge was again destroyed by fire.[11] As of April 19, 2017, Joel Davis, 18, of Norwalk, and Alexander Hoff, 17, of West Des Moines were both arrested and charged with first-degree arson. The 17-year-old will be tried as an adult.[12] A third person, Alivia Marie Bergmann, 19, of Des Moines, was arrested and charged with second-degree arson in May 2017. [13]

In April 2018 Joel Davis was sentenced to 5 years probation, a $1,000.00 fine, court costs, and restitution for the burned bridge.[14] Alexander Hoff received five years of probation and a suspended 10-year prison sentence. Alivia Bergmann plead guilty to second-degree arson, and was sentenced to 5 years probation, and bridge restitution.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Holden, Greg (2009-01-01). The Booklover's Guide to the Midwest: A Literary Tour. Clerisy Press. ISBN 9781578603145.
  5. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (2004-11-01). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780203997000.
  6. ^ Whye, Mike (2004-01-01). The Great Iowa Touring Book: 27 Spectacular Auto Tours. Big Earth Publishing. ISBN 9781931599351.
  7. ^ a b c d "Cedar Covered Bridge". cedarcoveredbridge.com. 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.
  9. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=ItuQdL22RKgC&pg=PA118&dq=cedar+bridge,+madison+county&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aIRmT-2SIomWiQKYyJSjDw&ved=0CGkQuwUwBw#v=onepage&q=cedar%20bridge%2C%20madison%20county&f=false
  10. ^ https://books.google.com/books?ei=O4tmT7-MNuOZiQKF_PWiDw&id=EQ-R4O2L3nEC&dq=cedar+bridge%2C+madison+county&q=cedar+bridge#v=snippet&q=cedar%20bridge&f=false
  11. ^ Oleksinski, Johnny (2017-04-16). "Famed Iowa bridge destroyed by fire". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  12. ^ "Teen arson suspect will be tried as an adult in Madison County bridge fire". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  13. ^ "Third teen charged with arson in Cedar Bridge fire". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  14. ^ "Probation for One of the Teens Who Set Cedar Bridge on Fire". Whotv.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  15. ^ "Man gets probation in burning of iconic Cedar Bridge in Madison County, reports say". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2018-08-23.

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