|The McIntyre Bridge|
The McIntyre Bridge, also known as the McDowell Bridge, Skunk River Bridge, humpback, located 8.9 miles southwest of Montezuma, lies on an abandoned roadway that formerly intersected with River Road in Section 35 of Sugar Creek Township. The bridge is 167 feet in length, with the iron span 120 feet long. The bowstring was manufactured in 1883 by the King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Alan King Sloan, a descendant of Zenas King, has created an online museum and it was Mr. King that granted $1500 to the project to get us going and he provided leads to leading bridge restoration experts, pontists, across the country.
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The bridge was listed as the McDowell Bridge in the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1998, #98000488, after a request by Poweshiek County Supervisor Harold McNaul. The National Register is the Federal government’s official list of historic properties worthy of preservation. Listing in the National register provides recognition and assists in preserving our Nation’s Heritage, with the following benefits: 1) Consideration in planning for Federal projects as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 requires Federal agencies to allow the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation an opportunity to comment on projects. 2) Eligibility for Federal tax benefits providing a 20 percent investment tax credit for rehabilitation 3) Consideration of historic values in the decision to issue a surface coal mining permit and 4) Qualification for Federal and State grants for historic preservation when funds are available. There is a legal clause in federal bylaws regarding historic places, however, that allows tear-down of historic structures when it causes financial harm to the owner.