116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
I am writing in regards to the future of Ely's Old Stone Bridge on Stone Bridge Road in rural Monticello. Jones County Supervisors and the Jones County Engineer are considering several options concerning the future of this historic bridge. One of these options includes destroying this landmark and replacing it with a box culvert.
This bridge means a lot to the people in Monticello. I believe it is an icon for Jones County and the state of Iowa.
The bridge is unique and one of a kind. It was built by hand, without a keystone that most stone bridges have as a support in the structure. That is why it is listed in the Ripleys Believe It or Not. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Stone Bridge is a beautiful place to see and visit. Have you been under the bridge? Take the time to walk under the bridge. That is where you can see the beautiful stone, triple-arched bridge. Be sure to take your camera. It is worth the time.
Please let us join together for this cause and save the bridge. Contact your county supervisors and the county engineer. Let them know how you feel. It means so much to us and to the future generations. Once it is gone, it will be gone forever. Please do not demolish Ely's Old Stone Bridge.