Trails to the Past

Iowa

Madison County

 

 

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Madison County was formed on January 13, 1846. It has been self-governed since 1849. It was named after James Madison (1751-1836), the fourth President of the United States (between 1809 and 1817). Hiram Hurst, a suspected murderer, arsonist and hog thief was the first white settler in Madison County, having come from Missouri about April 15, 1846.

On Line Data

Cities
    Bevington
    Earlham
    East Peru
    Macksburg
    Patterson
    St. Charles
    Truro
    Winterset
Unincorporated communities
    Barney
    Old Peru
    Webster

Townships
    Crawford
    Douglas
    Grand River
    Jackson
    Jefferson
    Lee
    Lincoln
    Madison
    Monroe
    Ohio
    Penn
    Scott
    South
    Union
    Walnut
    Webster

Madison County Court House

Berkhimer Bridge 1899

Holliwell Bridge


There are only six existing covered bridges in Madison County of the original nineteen:

    Cedar Bridge built 1883, destroyed 2002, rebuilt 2004 76 feet long. The rebuilt bridge was destroyed by a fire in 2017.
    Cutler-Donahoe Bridge built 1870, 79 feet long.
    Hogback Covered Bridge built 1884, 97 feet  long.
    Holliwell Bridge built 1880, 122 feet  long. Featured in the 1995 movie The Bridges of Madison County.
    Imes Bridge built 1870, 81 feet  long.
    Roseman Covered Bridge built 1883, 107 feet  long. This is the best-known one, as it is featured in the 1995 movie The Bridges of Madison County.

The remaining covered bridges were designed by Harvey P. Jones and George K. Foster, with the following exceptions - Eli Cox built the Cutler-Donahoe Bridge, and J. P. Clark built the Imes Bridge.

Adjacent counties
    Dallas County (north)
    Warren County (east)
    Clarke County (southeast)
    Union County (southwest)
    Adair County (west)
    Polk County (northeast)

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