Roseman Covered Bridge

Roseman Covered Bridge (HM1DI1)

Location: Winterset, IA 50273 Madison County
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N 41° 17.585', W 94° 9'

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Built: 1883
By: Benton Jones & G.K. Foster
Type: Covered Timber Town Lattice Truss
overlaid by a Queenpost Frame
Size: 225 feet (104 ft truss with an 88 ft
approach to the south and a 33 ft approach
to the north) x 15.4 feet wide

The two last covered bridges built in Madison County were the Roseman and Cedar Bridges over the Middle and North Rivers, respectively. Both approved by the Board of Supervisors in 1877, they were built in succession in 1883 by Jones and Foster. The Roseman Bridge (also called the Oak Grovers Bridge) cost just $2,930 to build. It carried traffic for almost a hundred years before it was bypassed by the bridge to the east in 1981.

Benton Jones, who was probably responsible for the design of the Roseman Bridge, strengthened the truss further by superimposing upon it a Queenpost truss, thus creating a structural redundancy. The result is a bridge that has stood in place while almost all of the other timber trusses in Iowa have since been demolished.
HM NumberHM1DI1
Year Placed2012
Placed ByGlenna Finney in honor of Thomas E. Smith Family
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 5:59pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 403712 N 4571930
Decimal Degrees41.29308333, -94.15000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 17.585', W 94° 9'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 17' 35.10" N, 94° 9' 0.00" W
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Area Code(s)515, 641
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2451 Co Rd G47, Winterset IA 50273, US
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