The (restored) Bridges of Johnson County at Kent Park

There are at least three bridge restoration projects in the corridor in very recent memory.  The Sutliff Bridge, damaged horribly in the 2008 Flood, has been restored and is opened.  Bridges salvaged from various townships in Johnson County have been restored as part of a wonderful trail that rings the lake at Kent Park.  The Bunker Mill Bridge, between Kalona and Richmond, damaged by an arsonist’s frolic, is in the first stages of being saved.

Yesterday on a beautiful fall day, while thousands were taking in the Iowa Hawkeyes beating the Northwestern Wildcats in football at Kinnick Stadium, I took in the bridges at Kent Park.  I was surprised and delighted that two came from Liberty Township, the township of Hills, and that one bridge was not even a bridge at all in its former life.

What a wonderful way to combine history, repurposing, nature, culture and exercise.

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