The Oldest Covered Bridge In Iowa Has Been Around Since 1870

In 1992, a popular novella named “Bridges of Madison County” was turned into a major feature film, and Iowans were thrown into the spotlight. One of our smallest and most charming counties was now a national landmark! While Iowans have always known about these storied structures, the movie brought recognition to one of the most unique areas of the Midwest. Six of the original 19 bridges remain, and the oldest one is still standing in a small town park.

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The Imes Bridge is the oldest of the six remaining covered bridges, and you can still these movie star landmarks if you plan a day in the county. To learn more about the other remaining Bridges of Madison County, read their stories here.

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