March162014

Green Bridge- Des Moines, IA

I was conflicted on whether to include this entry, but I couldn’t resist getting out and taking some pictures the other day.

Not every abandoned bridge I stumble upon has missing planks, broken rivets, or crumbling foundations. Some, like the SW 5th Street Bridge, or Green Bridge, near downtown Des Moines, are restored and re-born to serve the needs of bicyclists, joggers, and what have you. 

Originally constructed in 1898, the Green Bridge remained open to traffic for 95 years until 1993 when it was finally closed to traffic. Following rehabilitative and restoration measures, this Pratt truss was reopened for pedestrian traffic, offering a means of crossing the Raccoon River via bike path. 

Unfortunately, in the Spring of 2013, the city of Des Moines found severe structural problems with superstructure of the bridge and even some doubt cast on the integrity and effectiveness of previous repairs. Rumors began spread about the future of the bridge. Some speculation questioned the city’s commitment to the bridge and questions were raised about whether the removal of the bridge would just be a way to relieve responsibility of the repairs and continual maintenance costs associated with keeping the bridge open for pedestrian use.

In December of 2013, a unanimous decision by the Des Moines City Council approved funding to restore Green Bridge by utilizing a $750,000 fund originally set aside for the demolition of the bridge in addition to funds raised by dedicated Facebook and historical preservation groups. The demolition fund is only a fraction of the total cost involved with restoring the bridge, however, its a good indication of what the future will hold for the Green Bridge.

Sources and more info can be found here:

http://bridgehunter.com/ia/polk/fifth/

http://whotv.com/2013/03/15/pedestrian-bridge-structural-issues-found/

http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/12/24/

March132014

hennethannun asked: Hey, Mitch, have you checked out the asylum near the Speedway in Newton, yet? It's fenced off, and I don't know if you can even access it, but it would be incredible to photograph. Perhaps you could get permission from the city to photograph it. It's rather easy to find, so if you're ever in the area, check it out during the day time. You should be able to at least see parts of it from the road. Cheers.

I havent dangit! I keep meaning to go up there and check it out though. I do plan on contacting local authorities to see if I could get permission due to the expansiveness of the facility. I’d like to get inside and if I could do that without being arrested that would be awesome. 

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February282014

wittyusrname asked: Hey, I started following you through the Anime Iowa forums, tumblr post, and I just wanted to say that I really like your blog(:

Ah thats awesome! I forgot that I had posted on the forums!! Thats so cool! Thanks a bunch! :)

February262014

Baratta’s- Cumming, Iowa


"Good evening! Tonights specials are a crumbling drywall risoto, failing foundation flambeau, and delciate black mold truffle. Would you prefer a booth warped from water damage or perhaps a table missing a few legs?"


This distinctive restaurant has a history as rich as New York cheesecake. Originally a one-room school house, this structure now stands vacant- a crumbling bit of bread compared to its once warm and succulent French loaf. 

The former school house bore the name Baratta’s most recently. Prior to that, the restaurant had changed hands, and names several times. After the final bell had rang dismissing local school children from class, the school house was renovated and reopened as “Belmonte’s.” Thereafter, Belmonte’s was closed and sold but soon reopened as “Adam and Abbys.” With its historical momentum pushing forward, “Adam and Abby’s” closed and, once again, the restaurant changed hands and was christened “Mr. Eds.” Finally, during the early 2000’s, “Mr. Eds” became the short lived “Barattas.” 

The final course of the restaurants life came to a close, in 2011. The inviting steeple and quaint decor now crumble and give way to the elements.

February242014

justanothershipper asked: Did you ever make it to Fairfield?

Havent yet unfortunately. I may not be able to until the weather breaks blah.

6PM

Big Bear Creek Bridge- Victor, IA

On the northern edge of the quaint eastern Iowa town of Victor spans this derelict pony truss bridge. A dead end sign near the town’s recycling center is the only indication that this pony still stands. Built in 1918, this bridge has seen long since seen better days. The deck, covered in asphalt, is quickly deteriorating. Trees grow up through the twisted and warped guard rails while the concrete approaches succumb to the continual eroding effects of moving water.

1PM
February222014

Vintage Iowa

Special thanks to the Damisch family : )