Historic Rock River Crossing

Historic Rock River Crossing

Anderson Bridge was built across the Rock River in 1900, on the northwest edge of Doon, Iowa.

About thirty miles southeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Doon is a town of 577 people, and the hometown of western novelist Frederick Manfred, who published 22 novels between 1944 and 1992.

Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa

Anderson Bridge is a riveted Pratt Through Truss bridge, and it was open to traffic at the time of our visit in 2016. It actually looked like it was in pretty good condition compared to many of the old automobile bridges we’ve photographed.

Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa



Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa

The Rock River lives up to its namesake with large boulders and rock formations jutting from the riverbed in various places.

Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa

Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa

This Rock River crossing is a beautiful setting.

Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa

Like old bridges? Check out Klondike Bridge.

Anderson Bridge, Doon, Iowa

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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3 thoughts on “Historic Rock River Crossing

  1. Beautiful shots–keep them up! and also a wonderful reminder of the Siouxland settings of Frederick Manfred–I treasure my autographed copies of his books he signed for me at conferences years ago!

  2. This caught my eye because my Dad grew up in Rock Valley, pretty close to this location. Love seeing all of this old stuff…sad that so many people are so cavalier about throwing history away. Great job, I appreciate what you do.

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