The landmark Black Hawk Bridge which spans the Mississippi River at Lansing, Iowa is coming down. Determined to have reached its serviceable lifespan, the Iowa Department of Transportation is planning a replacement span for the eighty-one-year-old structure. This major replacement project is in the IDOT 5-year plan released on May 13, 2020.
We’ve created two commemorative lapel pins to honor the bridge and to express our deep appreciation for the community treasure. These are made of durable metal and other quality materials with dual butterfly clutch pin back to hold them securely on your lapel, your jacket, or your favorite fishing hat. They make great commemorative gifts for your visitors from out of town and your kids and grandchildren.
Each pin comes packaged in a ziplock bag on a card that has a brief history of the bridge on the backside. The cost of each pin is $5 plus tax and shipping.
Pin No.1 features a molded relief of a perspective view of the bridge in gold-colored metal to which a patina has been applied and then hand burnished to bring out the texture of the structure of the bridge. Raised letters proclaiming “Blackhawk Bridge, 1931.” The pin measures .75 x 1.25 inches.
Pin No.2 features a portion of a painting by Fred Easker entitled Black Hawk Bridge at Lansing surrounded by a black frame with the inscription “Blackhawk Bridge, Lansing, Iowa” in offset epoxy on metal. The pin measures 1.625 x 1.5 inches.