Iowa August 25, 2017
This Iowa Bridge Is the Only One Like It in America And It Will Amaze You
In 2015, the BBC designated this bridge as one of the
eight most amazing footbridges on the planet. It’s the only one on their list in the United States.
Stretching over the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, Iowa’s amazing High Trestle Trail Bridge is a tribute to our railroad and coal mining heritage.
Dark bands in the bridge’s towers represent coal veins and the steel framework is tilted in a representation of a mine shaft.
The bridge rises 13 stories above the Des Moines River Valley.
It’s situated near mining shafts worked by settlers who lived nearby, including many Italian immigrants.
Originally built in the 1970s, this bridge carried rail traffic until the early 2000s.
The steel I-beams from that bridge were repurposed for a newer Union Pacific bridge in Boone. The original piers still support the bridge, and the new deck is for bicycle and pedestrian use.
This ½-mile bridge offers six lookout points and special blue lighting that stays on until midnight.
It’s a beautiful and unique place to go for a run, take a leisurely walk, or ride a bike.
Motor vehicles are strictly prohibited, here.
The only exceptions are emergency vehicles and wheelchairs or mobility devices.
The High Trestle Trail is between two 100-mile trail loops close to Des Moines.
The western loop includes the Raccoon River Valley Trail, and the Clive Greenbelt Trail. The eastern loop includes the Gay Lea Wilson Trail, the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail, and the Chichaqua Valley Trail.
A grant from Vision Iowa helped fund the bridge construction.
The design is by Shuck-Britson, Inc. and the artwork is from RDG Dahlquist Art Studio.
The bridge’s grand opening was in the spring of 2011.
The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation says that about 3,000 people enjoy the trail and bridge each week.
Have you been to Iowa’s amazing art bridge? What is your opinion of it?