Iowa Transportation History Quiz II: The Bridges of Iowa

Chambers Ford Bridge over the Iowa River in Tama County. Photo taken by Quinn Phelan

 

In the run-up to the fifth annual Historic Bridge Weekend taking place next weekend beginning Friday the 9th in Preston, Minnesota, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is providing readers with a pair of quizzes pertaining to Iowa’s transportation history, designed to expand their knowledge of transportation. The second of two parts is a multiple choice quiz dealing with Iowa’s historic bridges, the engineers that left their mark in the state and the types that were first experimented for use on the highways.  Answers will be given on 28 August here in the Chronicles, but if you want to know more about these bridges, check out the Historic Bridge Weekend for more details. Good luck! 🙂

The Kate Shelley Viaduct, located in Boone was named after a girl who was famous for this heroic deed?
She stopped a train from falling into a flooded creek
She rescued the brakeman and engineer from the train that had fallen into a flooded creek
Both of the above
Neither nor- She became president of the Chicago and Northwestern Railways.

Where was the first railroad bridge built over the Mississippi River located?
Dubuque
Keokuk
Quad Cities
Burlington

Which of the following Iowa communities did NOT have a bridge building company
Okoboji
Ottumwa
Oskaloosa
Des Moines

The Melan Arch Bridge, located in Rock Rapids, was the first of its kind to be built using reinforced steel rods. Its designer and inventor Josef Melan originated from which European country?
Austria
Bohemia (now Czech Republic)
Prussia (now part of Germany)
France

Hint:

Photo taken in August 2009

Zenas King, who built many bridges in Iowa under the name King Bridge Company in the 1880s and 90s had a son, George, who started his own bridge building business in which Iowa community?
Council Bluffs
Corning
Des Moines
Davenport

Which bridge type was not developed and experimented in Iowa?
Kellogg Truss
Thacher Truss
Marsh Arch
Pratt truss

Iowa was the first state in the country and the first in the world to invent and construct this bridge type?
Bowstring arch bridge made of steel
Steel girder bridge made of aluminum
Parker truss bridge made of metal
Marsh arch bridge using recycled concrete

Edwin Thacher patented the first Thacher truss bridge, a bridge with an A-frame in the center panel, in 1884, and the first bridge of its kind was built where?
Independence
Rockford
Estherville
Lake Park

Hint:

Photo courtesy of Luke Harden

Which Iowa river has the most number of steel railroad viaducts in the state
Big Sioux River
Little Sioux River
Skunk River
Des Moines River

Hint:

Kate Shelley Viaduct west of Boone. Example of a railroad viaduct. Photo taken in September 2010

Which Iowa bridge builder later made a career as a school board president?
A.H. Austin
Lawrence Johnson
George E. King
James Marsh

 

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Iowa Transportation History Quiz Part I

Janesville Bridge over the Cedar River at the Bremer/ Black Hawk County border in Iowa. Photo taken in September 2010

In the run-up to the fifth annual Historic Bridge Weekend taking place next weekend beginning Friday the 9th in Preston, Minnesota, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is providing readers with a pair of quizzes pertaining to Iowa’s transportation history, designed to expand their knowledge of transportation. The first of two parts is a multiple choice quiz dealing with transportation achievements in Iowa. Answers will be given on 28 August here in the Chronicles, or if you want to find out earlier, check out the Historic Bridge Weekend for more details. Good luck! 🙂

How many Interstate Highways pass through Iowa after 1985?
3
5
7
8

When was the No Passing Zone sign, now a common site on America’s highways, first introduced in Iowa?
1954
1958
1960
1963

Which of the two highways that meet in Iowa were named after US Presidents?
Washington and Jefferson
Lincoln and Roosevelt
Lincoln and Jefferson –
Lincoln and Reagan

Which of the highways in Iowa was the oldest?
Lincoln Highway
Jefferson Highway
Avenue of the Saints
Blue Grass Road

Which city had the oldest concrete street in the state (and second oldest in the US)
Bellefountain
Decorah
Mt. Pleasant
LeMars

The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were the first to invent the power driven airplane plane and made their first flight in Kitty Hawk in 1903. Their parents originated from which Iowa community?
Cedar Rapids
Keokuk
Spirit Lake
Mt. Vernon

The Rules of the Road program, first introduced in 1904, was amended to include the minimum driving age. When could a person start driving at that time?
14
15
16
17

The first 24-hour Truck Permit center in the country was established by the Iowa DOT in which year?
1976
1995
2001
2013

At the same time as the answer to nr. 8, Iowa DOT became the first in the country to develop what concept?
Developing logo signing
Producing fast-track paving
Recycle concrete
Curb removal

Iowa’s interurban railroads, featuring electrified trolleys existed between 1920 and 1970. How many lines existed during that era?
5
8
13
20