The Courier from Waterloo, Iowa on October 6, 2004 · 32
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

The Courier from Waterloo, Iowa · 32

Waterloo, Iowa
Issue Date:
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Start Free Trial

? 1 - I I PAGE 4 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2004 COMMUNITY Connecting gap between generations of Fourth Street bridge work If yoiir travels around town , , I ' ' have taken you by the 18th hisjtorkal fcfJ t$'WP&$. ' ' Street Bridge ta thepastfew W J - ' ' WATERLOO INSIDER have taken you by the 18th Street Bridge in the past few months, you probably noticed all the activity as a new bridge is being constructed to replace the current crossing. It has been a few years since a major connection in downtown Waterloo has been built or replaced. In the early 1970s, the Fourth Street Bridge was closed to vehicle traffic. The bridge we cross today on Fourth Street replaced a Melan Arch Bridge that was built by the Marsh Bridge Company in 1902-03 at a cost of $74,100. Crossing the Cedar River at roughly this point has had a long history Early settlers crossed by fording or ferry and museum archives indicate there was much discussion by these early citizens that a bridge was needed, but as is so often the case, a lack of funds precluded such an historical view by Billie Bailey 1 l undertaking. It was not until 1859 that the first bridge was erected and paid for by public subscription. Writings from Roger Leavitt recall a sign at either end of the bridge that read "Five dollars fine for riding or driving over this bridge faster than a walk or for driving more than ten head of stock at one time." While the bridge may have been a little shaky, it made a dramatic impact on the city's growth and development Despite that fact, the supervisors tried to get by with repairs to the old wooden bridge as it was ravaged by floods and use from 1866 to 1872. At this point, an iron bridge was finally constructed by the Ohio Bridge Company at a cost of $28,600. This bridge handled the ever-increasing traffic of Fourth Street for the next 30 years. ? 4M 4 1- iW .wh,,a, , Ma oiMMtWv-i(weti4j Ha COURTESY PHOTOS "TO Call (319) 2394377 or (800) 746-0350 t V.Ul ROYAL FLUSH SHUTTLE SERVICE Waterloo, Iowa 1 The 1872 steel and wood bridge. When the Marsh Bridge Company was hired to construct the Melan Arch Bridge in 1902-03, part of their contract included removing this old bridge and setting up three of the spans on the Cedar Falls-Waterloo road over the Cedar River at the upper end of the Cedar River Park and Sans Souci Park; and two spans of it over Black Hawk Creek on the west side of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo road. (Waterloo Courier, Oct 21, 1973). Writing about the bridge for a book on Black Hawk County, Dr. E. E. Peck described the Melan Arch Bridge as "the first of the kind in the state. It is steel and cement. The steel girders Waterloo's first bridge was paid for by private subscription. FARM TO FORK Farmers Market m -mm m -.""" : -t . r z Union Planter's Bank Parkina Lot ' October 9. 2004 8:00 a.m. to Noon .IjJ Free Coffee & Parking Produce Baked Goods Flowers Crafts SPONSORED BY MAIN STREtT WATERLOO m tiiii around and over which the cement is laid are hidden completely from view with just cement showing, giving the appearance of huge blocks of stone. The bridge lacks a few feet of being the full width of the street which detracts somewhat from it All admire it and the people of the county are proud of it It is sincerely to be regretted that there was still enough of the old spirit left, which ruled early in this countries (sic) history, with some See BRIDGE, page 5 1 1 rBWj)ailiy-l J,-, UNI-DOME Cedar Falls, Iowa OCT. 16&17 Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Adm. $400 KIDS 10 A UNDER FREE Free re-entry on Sunday with Saturday Hand Stamp Parking Fee of $3.00 on Saturday Parking on Sunday la FREE NOW WIDER AISLES FOR GREAT HALLOWEEN, THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Bring this d to show lor $1.00 OFF One Admission

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 21,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the The Courier
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

Try it free