Monthly Archives: July 2015

High Bridge, Eldora, Iowa

This image shows a newly constructed roadway bridge which appears to replace an older dirt and gravel route shown in the foreground.

High Bridge Eldora, Iowa 59722

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Such construction was a matter of pride and prestige in the 1930’s due to the constraints of the Great Depression in the United States. Such bridges as this allowed much more convenient, safe and speedy travel in rural areas which were still largely served with gravel roads.

This picture likely dates to the 1930s.

Pine Lake State Park Bridge, Eldora, Iowa

This image shows a gravel road as it crosses a water connection between Upper and Lower Pine Lake in Eldora, Iowa.

In Pine Lake State Park Eldora, Iowa C-299

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The picture is not particularly scenic, but typical of postcard photographs of this era. Often photographers would attempt to document recent developments and construction projects in a park rather than the natural appearance as a way to entice tourists to visit.

This picture likely dates from the 1930s.

Lower Pine Lake Dam and Bridge, Eldora, Iowa

This image shows one of the dams that form the lakes making up Pine Lake State Park in Iowa. This is obviously Lower Pine Lake dam, as it has a road passing over it, and Upper Pine Lake dam has only a trail.

Pine Lake Dam and Bridge Eldora Iowa 9501

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The dam no longer has this appearance. Though built in 1922, it was modernized and the design significantly changed in 1991. However, the roadway remains in the same location. This image likely dates from the 1930s.