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Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
Historic Madison County Covered Bridge
Winterset, IA

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge

• Location: City Park On Southeast Side Of Winterset.
• Construction: Wood Truss, Covered.
• Length: 79 Feet.
• Date Built: 1870, Moved 1970, Renovated 1997.
The Cutler-Donahoe Bridge is located in the Winterset City Park on the southeast side of Winterset, Iowa. The bridge was originally located in Bevington, Iowa, near the interchange of Interstate highway I-35 and Iowa highway 92. It was moved to Winterset in 1970, going on display just in time for the first Madison County Covered Bridge Festival.

According to the marker located near the bridge, the structure was moved by Clair Rogers of Macksburg, Iowa. After the bridge was moved, Rogers donated his time to rebuild the western third of the bridge and install a new roof. The marker also notes that two different families claimed naming rights to the bridge, leading to its hyphenated name.

The photo below is looking southwest towards the east portal of the Cutler-Donahoe Bridge from the roadway that runs through the Winterset City Park. The photo below is a view looking north towards the south face of the covered bridge. The Cutler-Donahoe Bridge does not cross an active river. Rather, it crosses a natural swale that runs through the park.


Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
The photo above is looking northwest towards the south face of the bridge and the east bridge portal. The photo below is looking west down the length of the bridge deck.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
The photo above is the west bridge portal. The photo below is the side of the bridge at the east portal. The bridge roof is extended beyond the end of the bridge span, which serves to protect the structure at the end of the bridge from driving rain or snow that falls at an angle. Tourists are using the this area to sign their names.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
The photo above is the truss structure on the side of the bridge. This bridge is built much lighter than the other 5 remaining covered bridges, such as having only one main beam at the top, and no arch style beams. The photo below is the bridge roof, which has a peak similar to the Imes Bridge, but unlike the flat roof on the other 4 remaining bridges.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
The photo above is the view looking out the west portal towards houses located in Winterset. The photo below is a marker located near the east bridge portal.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
Cutler-Donahoe Bridge
The photo above is the bridge name sign located above one of the bridge portals. The photo below is a guide sign to help tourists find the structure.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge

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