Blackhawk Bridge – Lansing, Iowa
This bridge was completed in 1931, crossing the Mississippi River with a design that has attracted not only local but national attention for it’s beauty.
The Black Hawk Bridge spans the Mississippi River, joining the town of Lansing
to rural Crawford County, Wisconsin. Named for Chief Black Hawk, it is popularly referred to as the "Lansing bridge".
This riveted cantilever through truss bridge was started in 1929 and completed in 1931. It carries Iowa Highway 9 and WI 82.
As with so many of the bridges of this era the bridge is at the end of its useful life. It has been suggested that some fixes are possible extending its life into the 2020s, but ultimately, the bridge has to be replaced. The local community has been working to get approval and funding to upgrade the bridge and light it at night. It would be wonderful to be able to retain this piece of history for future generations to see.