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Red Jacket Trestle


Photo taken by John Marvig in June 2012


BH Photo #233223

Street Views 


Girder bridge over MN Hwy. 66 and Le Sueur River on Minnesota Valley Railroad (now a bike trail)
Rapidan, Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1901; Pier damaged and replaced 2010
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Two-span deck plate girder (river spans); south approach consists of wooden trestle design
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 475.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Red Jacket Railroad Viaduct
MILW Bridge #Q-1476
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.11667, -94.05000   (decimal degrees)
44°07'00" N, 94°02'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/415982/4885366 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Good Thunder
Average daily traffic (as of 1998)
Inventory numbers
MN 6961 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 46799 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 1999)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • June 10, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 7, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Rail-to-trail" and removed "Rails to Trails"
  • November 13, 2011: New Street View added by John Marvig
  • November 12, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • November 12, 2011: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge has been reopened!
  • September 22, 2011: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 3, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: South span removed and placed on the ground; damaged pier collapsed- awaiting replacement
  • November 5, 2010: Added by Jason Smith



Red Jacket Trestle
Posted November 26, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They did a great job on that pier!...is that faux cut-stone?

Red Jacket Trestle
Posted November 26, 2011, by Glenn Hagfors (mnragnar [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Some images of the replaced pier and the newly re-opened deck.