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Pottawattamie County: Oakland
GPS Coordinates: 41.288889 by -95.412560
Williamson Memorial Bridge on GAR Highway
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Highway 6 runs coast-to-coast and is named the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. The Iowa SUVCW has named 11 bridges on the Highway after Iowa CW Generals. There are also 29 GAR Highway markers across the state - an example is also listed under Oakland. This bridge is named after James A. Williamson. He succeeded Grenville Dodge as Colonel of the 4th Iowa Infantry Regiment. He was seriously wounded leading his regiment at Chickasaw Bluffs on December 29, 1862. He later became a Brigade commander and saw action at Lookout Mountain, the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea. This bridge crosses the West Nishnabotna River on Highway 6 southwest of Oakland. Photo taken 5/12/12.