The Rusting and Abandoned Klondike Bridge

The Rusting and Abandoned Klondike Bridge

This is Klondike Bridge near Larchwood, Iowa. A bridge was first built at this spot in 1901, but it proved inadequate to handle the traffic that followed, so in 1913, Lyon County contracted Western Bridge and Construction Company of Omaha to build the Klondike. The bridge was constructed in 1914 and opened for full-use in January of 1915. It is closed to all but recreational traffic today, but it carried interstate traffic across the Big Sioux River between South Dakota and Iowa until 1977, when a new bridge was constructed to the north.

Klondike Bridge

This bridge is a Pratt through truss bridge, with Warren pony truss approach spans, unique and historically significant due to a non-standard design. The unusual engineering dates to a transitional time in Iowa highway bridge standards, detailed by Lyon County Economic Development, here.

Klondike Bridge

Klondike Bridge has a long history as an important crossing between South Dakota and Iowa and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Klondike Bridge

This is a popular fishing spot for area anglers.

Klondike Bridge

Klondike Bridge



Klondike Bridge

Above: Iowa on the right, South Dakota on the left.

Klondike Bridge

Like old bridges? Check out Anderson Bridge, near Doon, Iowa.

Klondike Bridge

There was once a Klondike Mill here, but today only part of the foundation wall remains with a scattered bit of machinery. There’s an area science teacher who has taken an interest in this place and has a very informative YouTube video here.

Klondike Bridge

This log wedged itself into the railing when the water was high, then as the water level dropped the current agitated this log against the railing which acted like a saw blade and cut into the trunk. It’ll likely be hanging here until somebody gets rid of it, or until the river floods again.

Klondike Bridge

Klondike Bridge

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2014 Sonic Tremor Media

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6 thoughts on “The Rusting and Abandoned Klondike Bridge

  1. I have always been interested in the Old Klondike Mill because my great grandparents and grandparents lived in the area.I have recently found clippings that my mother kept from the Sioux Valley News. I would really like to get a hold of one of the paintings that Mrs. Volden painted but have yet to find a link to anyone that has one. Do you have any information that you can provide me? Thank you.

  2. I would like to get a hold of some of Florences art also! She was a splendid lady(Extra old school)You all look familiar on the family picture? I am from Canton, Go to the Canton Lutheran in canton, on the ceiling is a painting by her! Jesus sandal strap is missing, she wanted to go up on scaffle and fix it when she was getting old. they wouldnt let her, She was angry! her family at klondike still

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