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Julie Bowers, executive director of the North Skunk River Greenbelt Association, checks the condition of one of the arches on the McDowell Bridge spanning the North Skunk River in southwest Poweshiek County on June 22.  The arches began to lean last year after the bridge was damaged by an ice jam. The bridge, a bowstring truss, was built in 1883 by the King Iron Bridge Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and is considered one of the rarest and most historically significant types of bridges in the country.

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