Sutliff bridge starting to collapse.

Sutliff Bridge Collapse Pictures

We were lucky enough to be at the Sutliff bridge when the first span fell into the water. I snapped pictures as quickly as I could, as the span collapsed in seconds. It is very fortunate that the other two spans are still standing. It is a very sad historic loss for the community.

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Kristina says ... on Monday, Jun 16 at 3:16 PM

My husband and I were married on that bridge in 2006. We're both saddened that such a memorable part of our lives, and countless others, is now gone.

Nw'er says ... on Monday, Jun 16 at 4:09 PM

I don't know why, but I almost feel worse about loosing that bridge than I do the downtown businesses. It was such a unique place, and I had just discovered it this year, and hadn't had priority to take my wife or kid to see it, and now is too late.

Nw'er says ... on Monday, Jun 16 at 4:10 PM

Any news on the bar and general store? I haven't seen that mentioned at all.

Brent says ... on Monday, Jun 16 at 5:54 PM

What a shame. That was my favorite bridge in all of Iowa and I loved driving out there to hang out for a while and watch the river.

Treasa says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 6:25 AM

This was my aunts favorite spot. We lost her in 2005 and I am very saddened by this. Now we will have to find a different spot to celebrate her life. God bless all the flood victims and their families. With care

Ashley says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 9:07 AM

oh my god, did you like, hear about cedar rapids??? like oh my god

Lisbonite says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 9:12 AM

I live down at Sutliff. I heard the basement took on water and I believe they were pumping water out of the basement as of yesterday afternoon. The water the was over the road has receded, but is still blocked off for safety reasons.

Sutliff folk says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:35 AM

Ashley obviously never had friends to go to the bridge with.. Yes they are pumping water and cleaning up...they were able to save the bar/store...The last 2 spans of the bridge are still standing. People will come back, it's still beautfiul here.

Kristina says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 11:31 AM

I live in C.R. but grew up in Lisbon. I'm saddened about the loss in C.R. as well as other comm.'s. I have my own memories of Sutliff & would never belittle the mourning of anyone's loss-even if it's not something I shared. Shame on Ashley.

Nunya says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 4:08 PM

Ashley obviously doesn't have any friends.

Monica says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 5:24 PM

This bridge was one of my favorite places. Being from the area, I am sad to see these pictures. I hope the bar and the general store recover...still love it there when I am in the area. :-( And shame on Ashley. She should so lucky.

realist says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:02 PM

I loved the sutliff bridge, but have to agree with Ashley. I know that it held a lot of sentimental value to MANY people, myself included. But lets get some perspective here! Thousands of people have lost their homes, work EVERYTHING!

Cathy says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:24 PM

It was tradition for us Lisbon grads to take their class photos on the bridge. To see something that was a fixture of the community (over 100 years old) is just as or more sad than any sadness of downtown CR. We lost a part of our history. Thx Doris!

l herman says ... on Tuesday, Jun 17 at 10:27 PM

used to live near sutliff. like losing an old friend. yes, i wrote a song about the bridge - Ode to the Sutliff Bridge- on my myspace site - dancetime with linda & roland. still can't believe all the water

curious says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 2:06 AM

Is there any chance the destroyed portion of the bridge could be rebuilt? Or is that not even possible now?

Charleston, S.C. says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 8:05 AM

These are pix of the Bridge,not Cedar Rapids.Therefore,why would there be any comments about C.R.Maybe,Ashley,doesn't understand sentiment & good memories.AGE?Take the comments in context,Ashley.

Nw'er says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 8:45 AM

Is there any chance the destroyed portion of the bridge could be rebuilt? Anything is possible, but since the bridge barely has enough money to replace bad boards, it is unlikely in my opinion enough money could be raised.

Sera says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 9:24 AM

..at ease, Ashley~ loss is loss plain and simple.

Charleston,S.C. says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 11:49 AM

In reply to Nw'er: Type "tavern" in the search box.. click on Sutliff Bridge, by Hale.. Some pix of the Tavern and Bridge.

Marc says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 3:24 PM

I have fond memories of the Sutliff Bridge. I grew up in Lisbon and my family frequented Sutliff. I got married on the bridge because it was a special place to me and my family. Ashley, go cry somewhere else. Plenty of articles about CR to post in.

Deborah & Mike says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 7:26 PM

Thanks for the photos Doris and also the ones Lora took that Cath forwarded to us. So sad to see the Sutliff Bridge destroyed. We have fond memories of walking the bridge and enjoying the beautiful scenery. Stay safe and well.

Alissa says ... on Wednesday, Jun 18 at 9:45 PM

people who saw the collapse say it sank within view, with any luck it can be raised and repaired, we've replaced planks before, enough people think it is important enough we'll find a way

Darian Brown grandson of Cliff Brown says ... on Thursday, Jun 19 at 12:57 PM

Man I sure do remember taht old thing,made alot of noise when crossingI wish I could have come out frm Colorado to help save Sutliff,great place to go before or after deer hunting with Dean Baxa and Dean Brown as a kid,luved that bridge.

Kylie says ... on Thursday, Jun 19 at 1:39 PM

My class will be the first graduating class that will not have their picture taken on the bridge...heartbreaking. I walked the bridge with a few friends just days before it fell.

Raquel Wray daughter of Don Wray says ... on Thursday, Jun 19 at 1:51 PM

It was a sad, sad day. I grew up there and remember driving over the bridge, as a kid it was pretty scary yet exciting. It is a sad loss for our family....My heart goes out to all those affected by the flood....

Kathy (Sutliff) Williams says ... on Thursday, Jun 19 at 3:46 PM

I am the great grandaugher of the founder of the town - Allen C Sutliff and I have always said - someday I will get to go see that bridge where my family once lived and had the ferry crossing over the Cedar River and now it is too late. very sad!

Michael Krob says ... on Thursday, Jun 19 at 9:18 PM

It is a great loss to see a part of history gone. I used to drive over the bridge for many years growing up before the DOT had declared the bridge unsafe to drive over and some great people of the community decided to make it a historical site.

Charleston,S.C. paragragh 1 says ... on Friday, Jun 20 at 4:17 AM

Someone,here,in Charleston County has started a"relief effort"for CR.He got a lot of"air time"on the local News.Which,will be a HUGE help!Getting Iowans Homes and Lives back in order IS a priority.But,when the time's right,the Bridge MUST be rebuilt.

Charleston,S.C. paragragh 2 says ... on Friday, Jun 20 at 4:31 AM

Bridge restoration ideas:Hunting,fishing,Morel Mushroom tournaments.School,Church functions.Door to door.CR Historical Society.Lisbon County Council.Linn County.KCRG-9,for"air time"-Web space.Masonic Organizations and the like.Walks,Runs.Baking.

velera says ... on Friday, Jun 20 at 10:39 AM

you know i have only been to that bridge once and yes it was beautiful it was one of our stops on a memorial ride for a friend of the family who passed away alot was lost in this flood and i truely hope we can rebuild these communities

Chris says ... on Friday, Jun 20 at 4:48 PM

Although we lost a span of the bridge, the tavern was spared. We are cleaned up and ready for business. Time will tell what can be done about the remaining spans of the bridge, but Sutliff is still a beautiful place to sit and watch the river go by

Bob says ... on Sunday, Jun 22 at 10:30 PM

The tavern is safe, and I had a dang tasty meal there just today. Long live Sutliff! Survive and revive!

Mel Wensel, Port Orchard, WA says ... on Tuesday, Jun 24 at 12:29 PM

I'm a Cornell alumna who loved the bridge well, wore a "Sutliff Bridge Authority" t-shirt for years. I remember pork tenderloin, beer, and the skeet shooting game at the store. Long live the bridge at the corner of Madison Ave. and Swine Drive!

Daniel, Loveland, CO says ... on Wednesday, Jul 16 at 2:56 AM

This has been a really sad week for me. My grandmother, Bonnie (Sutliff) Hollett, great granddaughter of Harvey Sutliff passed away, then I learned that part of this great bridge collapsed. At least I got to visit the bridge before the collapse.

Theresa Sutliff- Inman says ... on Tuesday, Jun 2 at 4:51 PM

I am saddened by this, I was hoping to bring my family to see the Sutliff bridge. I found out about it when I moved to Nebraska.

Karen says ... on Monday, Mar 22 at 9:52 AM

I was saddened to hear of the Sutliff bridge collapse. The memories were great of the views and food at the tavern with my brothers Doug and Den.

Missin' It says ... on Sunday, Apr 6 at 4:21 PM

This bridge was the first time I gave my girlfriend a kiss on.....so sad...brings me to tears......

Jercingsession says ... on Sunday, Apr 13 at 1:23 PM

Had my first wad blown here while riding the rail! I'm so sadened by this. Now...i will have only the memory of the wad. So sad :(

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