The Cutler-Donahoe Covered Bridge was designed and built by Eli Cox in 1870. It's 79 feet long and approximately 40 tons in weight. It's a covered timber superstructure with lattice truss design with overlay queenpost frame, fastened with round wooden pins and iron bolts.
This bridge was originally located about 18 mile northeast of Winterset, Iowa near Bevington over the North River. It was moved to its current location in Winterset City Park in 1970. Clair Rogers, a house mover from Macksburg, Iowa, commissioned to move the bridge before the first covered bridge festival. Clair gave his time to rebuild the west one-third of the bridge and re-roof it.
Covered bridges are often named for nearby residents. The Cutler and Donahoe families each claimed "naming rights", thus the bridge's hyphenated name.
This is one of six bridges of Madison County, Iowa that I will be featuring which are the bridges from which the movie, "The Bridges of Madison County" got its name.
Photo captured October 11, 2021.
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