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Hotels near Bridges of Madison County

Hotels near Bridges of Madison County. Just 20 minutes West of the Staybridge Suites, are the historic covered Bridges of Madison County and the birthplace of John Wayne.  Originally there were 19 covered bridges, with only 6 remaining today:

Roseman Covered Bridge...Built in 1883 by Benton Jones, it is 107 feet in length and sits in its original location.  In Robert James Waller's novel, The Bridges of Madison County, and the movie of the same name, Roseman is the bridge Robert Kincaid seeks when he stops at Francesca Johnson's home for directions; it is also where Francesca leaves her note inviting him to dinner.

Holliwell Covered Bridge...Built in 1880 by Benton Jones, it is the longest covered bridge, measuring 122 feet. It remains in its original site over the Middle River southeast of Winterset.

Cedar Covered Bridge...Built in 1883 by Benton Jones, Cedar Bridge was 76 feet long and was the last bridge open to vehicles. It was built over Cedar Creek north of Winterset on what is now U.S. Highway 169. It was moved to its present location over the same creek in 1921. In Robert James Waller's novel, The Bridges of Madison County, Cedar Bridge is where Francesca Johnson goes to meet Robert Kincaid to help him take photographs. Cedar is the bridge on the novel’s cover.

Cutler-Donahoe Bridge...Built in 1870 by Eli Cox, the Cutler-Donahoe bridge is 79 feet in length and features a pitched roof.

Hogback Covered Bridge

Built in 1884 by Benton Jones, the Hogback Covered Bridge measures 97 feet, and is in its original location in a valley north of Winterset. Hogback gets its name from the limestone ridge which forms the west end of the valley.

Imes Covered Bridge

The oldest of the remaining covered bridges, Imes was built in 1870 and is 81 feet in length.










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Staybridge Suites West Des Moines Hotel
6905 Lake Drive • West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone: (515) 223-0000 • Fax: (515) 223-0099
Toll Free: (800) 238-8000

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