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The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission exists to encourage historic preservation throughout Madison County, Iowa, by providing information, education, and technical assistance to individuals, businesses, and locations. We also take a leadership role in specific projects such as the National Historic Register nomination for the Winterset Courthouse Square and the county-wide investigation of Underground Railroad activities. Learn more about what we can do to assist you in your preservation projects and learn more about Madison County history by wandering through the information we have provided here.
Help Us Rebuild Cedar Bridge
The Madison County Covered Bridge Preservation Association, a nonproﬁt 501(c)(3), welcomes donations to help fund the rebuilding of Cedar Bridge.
Checks can be made out to “Rebuild Cedar Bridge” and mailed or hand-delivered to any of three local banks:
Farmers and Merchants State Bank, 101 W Jefferson Street, Winterset, IA 50273; 515-462-4242
American State Bank, 809 N John Wayne Drive, Winterset, IA 50273; 515-462-5090
Union State Bank, 611 IA Hwy 92, Winterset, Iowa 50273; 515-462-1665
Our community’s beloved Cedar Covered Bridge, originally built in 1883 by Harvey Pierce Jones and replicated in 2003, was destroyed by arson on April 15th, 2017.
On April 17th, a group of county-wide stakeholders met in Madison County to discuss rebuilding. The consensus is “yes.” The bridge must be rebuilt.
According to County Engineer Todd Hagan, the cost to rebuild the bridge in 2003 was $576,000. Hagan was asked to put together a cost estimate for rebuilding Cedar Bridge. The group is also actively engaged in gathering information about covered bridge insurance options and the cost to update surveillance cameras with new technology.
Ofﬁcial Resolutions of support to rebuild Cedar Bridge are pending from these organizations: Madison County Supervisors, Madison County Covered Bridge Preservation Association, Madison County Conservation Board, Madison County Development Group, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Historical Society, Covered Bridges Scenic Byways Council, Madison County Historic Preservation Commission, and the City of Winterset.
This Cedar Bridge was unique in that it was an exact replication of the original bridge. It was the only bridge still open to vehicle trafﬁc and a favorite rental location for weddings and parties. Our county recently received an Iowa Scenic Byways designation and Cedar Bridge is included as one of the sites. It is also included in future plans connecting the Cedar Lake Recreation Area trailways with Jurgenson Bridge.