Chimney Rock Bridge north of Bluffton will be included on the annual Historic Bridge Weekend tour in August.
Chimney Rock Bridge north of Bluffton will be included on the annual Historic Bridge Weekend tour in August.
The annual Historic Bridge Weekend is focusing on Eastern Iowa this year, including Winneshiek County, Aug. 9-12. A Decorah man also will be honored for his work during the weekend.

Every year since 2009, bridge experts and enthusiasts from all over the United States, Canada and Europe converge to tour regions heavily populated with historic bridges and listen to presentations by experts from all disciplines.

The weekend has previously been held in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Indiana.

"Historic Bridge Weekend will come to America's heartland, the state of Iowa, where the history of transportation and infrastructure and the development of America as a whole go together like bread and butter," a press release on the event stated.

The historic bridges of Eastern Iowa date as far back as the 1870s, including the bridges of Winneshiek, Fayette, Linn, Marion, Van Buren and Johnson counties, as well as those along the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers. The tour of the bridges will be accompanied by three nights of evening events featuring speakers with a vast array of knowledge of historic bridges, including:

• Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m. Stone City General Store and Restaurant west of Anamosa- commemoration dinner honoring James Hippen for his work in saving historic bridges

• Aug. 10, 7 p.m. Dinner at Baxa's Tavern and Grill at Sutliff Bridge south of Mount Vernon.

• Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m. Dinner at Bos Landen Golf Course near the Horn's Ferry Bridge in Pella, which will be followed by a night photo tour of Des Moines' bridges. A silent auction will accompany this event. A meeting to talk about the Horn's Ferry Bridge is 2:30 p.m. at the site, which will be followed by a tour of Marion County.

• The weekend will be rounded off by a trip to the Kate Shelley Viaduct on the morning of Aug. 12.

For more information on the four-day event, and information on the bridges that will be on the tour, contact Jason Smith at the Bridgehunter's Chronicles at: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com.

For more information on the event, visit: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/04/02/5th-annual-historic-bridge-weekend-coming-to-iowa/