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Julie Bowers, executive director of the North Skunk River Greenbelt Association, wipes away tears as she walks away from the edge of the destroyed McIntyre Bridge on the North Skunk River at the Millgrove Access Wildlife Area in southwest Poweshiek County, August 15, 2010. Bowers had been leading an effort to restore the bridge. 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. Damaged by an ice jam in 2009, and flooding this summer, it finally gave way to nature after spanning the river for 127 years. "I never expected to not see those arches," she said weeping. "But it shocked me today when the bridge wasn't there."
- ©Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register
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