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MILW - Maple River Bridge


Maple River Railroad Bridge

Looking East

Photo taken by John Marvig in June 2012


BH Photo #233228



Talking to the owner, he is thrilled that he owns this bridge and wants to preserve it at all costs.

Bridge was likely built in 1897 as a part of Bridge #Z-312 (Rock River Bridge) at Byron, Illinois. This has been suggested by blueprints, supplied by the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library.


Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Maple River on Abandoned Milwaukee Road Railroad
Good Thunder, Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Derelict/abandoned, possibly on private property
Built 1897, Relocated Here in 1910
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Pratt through truss with a 45 degree skew angle
6 Spans Trestle
1-139' Skewed Pratt Truss
6 Spans Trestle
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 275.0 ft.
Skew angle
45 degrees
Also called
Good Thunder Bridge
Maple River Railroad Bridge
MILW Bridge #Q-1444
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.99529, -94.05914   (decimal degrees)
43°59'43" N, 94°03'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/415077/4871894 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sterling Center
Inventory number
BH 52653 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2017: New photo from John Marvig
  • November 7, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • December 7, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • June 11, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad"
  • June 10, 2012: Added by John Marvig

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MILW - Maple River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Had a very nice chat with the gentleman who owns this bridge. He would like to preserve it at all costs, and does his best to maintain it currently. The world needs more bridge lovers like this!

Maple River Railroad Bridge
Posted December 7, 2012, by Glenn Hagfors (mnragnar [at] earthlink [dot] net)

Here is as I found this bridge on the afternoon of October 22nd, 2011. I have a friend who remembered seeing this bridge many years ago so we went on a search for it in Good Thunder. As large as it is, this bridge is quite well camouflaged from the road side. I was actually startled when the bridged "suddenly appeared" from the heavily wooded area we were searching intensely.

These and other of my photos can be found and mapped via Google Earth, Google Maps or Panoramio.