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DM&E - Cottonwood River Bridge

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DM&E Cottonwood River Bridge

Looking from overhang

Photo taken by John Marvig in August 2011

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Description 

First bridge was built 1899 when this line was built. It deteriorated fast and was replaced by the current structure.

Facts 

Overview
Lattice through truss bridge over Cottonwood River on DM&E Railroad
Location
New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1913 replacing an older bridge, piers are from 1899 trestle replaced 2009.
Railroads
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Dakota, Minnesota, & Eastern Railroad (DME)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
Design
2 1913 Quadrangular spans one being 157' long and the other 137' long. Over 30 spans of approach trestle too.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 157.0 ft.
Total length: 733.0 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
CNW Bridge 1703
CNW - Cottonwood River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.28545, -94.42745   (decimal degrees)
44°17'08" N, 94°25'39" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/386105/4904569 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Ulm
Inventory number
BH 49645 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 12, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 19, 2011: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 16, 2011: Added by John Marvig

Comments 

DM&E Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted December 7, 2011, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

According to a DM&E bridge report from about 2009, this bridge along with many other I-Beam, Stone Culvert, Stone Arch, Girder and Truss bridges are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

DM&E Cottonwood River Bridge
Posted September 22, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Nice page of pictures in the link. I like the lattice truss type.