Because of the Iowa Supreme Court action on awarding the bridge contract, the newspapers of the day and courts records are loaded with details surrounding the controversy. In addition, J.H. Killmar’s 1896 blueprints have been maintained in city archives. Here’s a sampling of Killmar’s drawings. Roxanne Lemoine has retraced several original drawings for clarity.
The top sheet of blueprints shows the proposed design, specifications and stress loads.
The side view beam calls for a street car rail. However, we've seen no records that the rails was ever installed.