American Gothic

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus


















bridge foundation – Iowa


I made this image of a falling down bridge abutment, near the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa.

I’ve always liked Grant Wood’s famous American Gothic painting which features the stoic old American couple in front of the beautiful little white farm-house out on the prairie, with the awesome window.


from the American Gothic House website: The use of the Gothic windows follows a mid-19th century trend know as Carpenter Gothic. The style grew out of a need for quickly built homes and a desire for fanciful details. 


But I also like Grant Wood’s other artworkwhich to me is kind of trippy but powerful, and beautifully graphic as well.

I stopped at the iconic house on one of my trips out to Wyoming a few years ago because I really wanted to see the famous facade. But the visitor center was closed and after spending some time looking at and photographing the building, I was pretty much good to go.

Later on though, I found this old structure (one of 8 bridge foundation structures) in the Des Moines River,  less than a mile away from the American Gothic house.

I like that this may have been part of a bridge that was standing during the time that Grant Wood was in the area.

If you click on the photograph it will take you to the Google Maps view of the area. In satellite view, the bridge foundations are still visible in the middle of the Des Moines River.

header image: Grant Wood’s sister Nan and his dentist Dr. B.H. McKeeby, in front of American Gothic


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