Washington Co. Sells 120 Year Old Bridge to Resident

The historic Bunker Mill Bridge in Kalona burned early in the morning on Sunday, August 11, 2013, and fire officials believe it was arson. (KCRG file photo)

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By Katie Stinson

KALONA, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa county has sold a more than 120-year-old bridge to area residents determined to save it.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors agreed Thursday to sell the Bunker Mill Bridge for $1. It also pledged $80,000, which was originally earmarked to demolish the structure.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Friends of Bunker Mill Bridge and their umbrella organization, Grinnell-based North Skunk River Greenbelt Association, will handle the project.

Julie Bower, executive director of the Friends group, says they've been given 30 days to remove the existing bridge. The new pledge and a $50,000 capital campaign should put the organization up to more than $134,000. A full restoration has been projected to be about $460,000.

Bunker Mill Bridge's deck was severe damaged after suspected arson in August.

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