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Posted April 5, 2017, by Butch Viitala (viitala [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The rights of way on both sides of the river were cleared in February. Lake Country Power staked the right of way for the power line and where one power pole near the river will be moved toward the woods line about 25 -30 feet. Bridge removal and new construction will begin in May if not before. Culvert replacement may precede the bridge work to the east.

Posted March 20, 2017, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
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Posted March 12, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein


Posted February 15, 2017, by Douglas Butler

This former lift bridge is similar to the Lake Ewauna rail bridge in Klamath Falls OR.

Posted February 7, 2017, by Sherril Gautreaux (cityofranier [at] frontiernet [dot] net)

The bridge does not raise automatically to marine traffic. The height of the bridge from water fluctuates depending on the level of the Rainy River. If a boat needs to have the bridge raised to pass under the bridge, a bridge tender in Chicago must be called, who in turn relays information to CN workers onsite. The bridge is supposed to be raised in a timely fashion. Due to the increased traffic on the bridge, marine traffic often has to wait significant amounts of time. The port of entry is currently the busiest US Customs rail of port of entry in the US.

Posted February 4, 2017, by Jacob Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Some photos of the Rehabilitation.

Winona Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted January 30, 2017, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently good news here. After some uncertainty over cost, MNDOT will rehab the main steel truss spans of the old bridge after all, but they'll completely replace the approach spans in what appears to be a compromise to keep the overall project within budget. They will be replaced one at a time to maintain contractor access for rehabbing the main steel truss spans at the same time. First Minnesota end, then Wisconsin. So it will indeed wind up as an old/new couplet of 1-way bridges.

I was just through Winona, and I drove across the new westbound bridge. It has opened to 2-way traffic until work on the old bridge is completed and it's reopened for eastbound traffic in 2019. Demolition work has begun on the west (Minnesota) approach spans.

Posted January 29, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Details on the bridge project: New bridge is scheduled to be open by May 2017.

Posted January 4, 2017, by Jerry L Brooks (jerrylbrooks [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is a nice looking train bridge.Impressive that it was built in 1897 and still in regular use.

US 71 Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted January 3, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Here's an article about the new replacement span being open. It is much wider than the previous one, yet the lanes have now been restricted to three lane instead of four lane. Whether that will be effective in the long term remains to be seen. Yet the new span is nearly identical to the State and Ashley Street Crossings. Rather boring when you look at them.....

Posted December 19, 2016, by Anonymous

By pass make great Canoe put in, fishing platform and picnic area. Lack of maintenance does not indicate replacement, indicates need for maintenance...

Posted December 19, 2016, by Butch Viitala (viitala [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I realize there is historic sensitivity involved with this old bridge. However Highway 5 itself is in poor driving condition and has been for many years. People that wish to visit the McCarthy State Park coming in from the N.W. on Highway 1 usually bypass Highway 5 because it is so rough. There comes a time when replacement is necessary. At today's prices one can only imagine how much it would cost to replace this bridge 10 years from now, along with upgrading the highway itself. There are issues with the culverts that direct water drainage sometimes with flows crossing from one side of the highway to the other a few times if not several times before drainage is guided well. Culvert replacement has been undertaken this past summer and will continue. There are many culverts along the approximate 8 mile stretch between CR22 and Hwy 1 in need of replacement or relocation. This is a monumental project. But it is clear that it requires attention now.

Posted November 25, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

A Nod is as good as a wink to a blind man! Not sure view from Hazel street IS this. Cant tell so will leave street view off.Looks like under pass for something else...Pontist Mystery. Thanks for your usual keen Eye

Posted November 25, 2016, by Luke

Dana, the bridge in the picture looks old enough to be added to the site... (nudge nudge)

Posted November 25, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Luke!

Posted November 25, 2016, by Ronald Skwier (rskwier [at] msn [dot] com)

The original Warren truss was removed, but was replaced by what appears to be a lighter bridge some years(?) ago. Old electrical insulators are evident to one side of the upper portion. The right of way was converted to a trail, but this replacement bridge was there previously.

Posted November 9, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)
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!

Posted November 7, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heard from a couple of gentlemen in Good Thunder that this bridge has been reopened

Posted November 5, 2016, by Brian J. Patterson (pattersonbj [at] earthlink [dot] net)

As part of the Long Meadow Bridge, the previous and NOT original wooden deck was replaced with a "lightweight" reinforced concrete deck with no wear layer. The ORIGINAL deck was 1920 era reinforced concrete with an asphalt wear layer. The original deck was failing and replaced with the wooden deck some time in the late 1940s to early 1950s.

The contractors used modern "lightweight" reinforced concrete without a wear layer to provide long life, reduce the dead weight of the bridge, and retain most of the design capacity of the bridge. They also used that material because the ORIGINAL deck was reinforce concrete, and not wood. Since this was a NRHP Bridge Restoration, they also used pine boards for forms rather than modern steel forms to get the "board texture" that would have been present on the curbing of the original deck.

Posted October 26, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is not long for this world. Fillmore County has funding to replace it with a 2-barrel concrete box culvert. The project will occur later this year or early in 2017.

Posted October 26, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge recently underwent a 2-year rehab which included a new deck, replacement of severely corroded floorbeams over Pier 3 (due to many years of leakage through the deck joint), new bearings and a complete repaint. It is now brown in color and looks very nice.

Posted October 20, 2016, by Matthew Hill (mattcintosh [at] gmail [dot] com)

10/20/16 update. Concrete railings have been removed sometime and replaced with black metal railings. Appears that the width of bridge was narrowed by about 16" on each side and the railings put at the new edge.

Posted October 19, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great to see... Especially for one that once appeared to be a goner!

Posted October 19, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Outstanding!! After a 14-year wait, it will be nice to have public access to this bridge once again! The pipe-and-cable railings appear to be similar to those used on the Gateway Trail Bridge over Manning Avenue in Washington County--minimal visual intrusion to the truss portions of the bridge should allow for easy viewing. I will be sure to make it a point to visit once I'm in the area again.

Posted October 19, 2016, by Brian J. Patterson (pattersonbj [at] earthlink [dot] net)

The Long Meadow Bridge restoration is complete. The bridge is now open to pedestrian and bicyclist traffic. The bridge is scheduled to close during the Spring of 2017 to allow unhindered access to lightweight paving equipment, which will be paving the path between the south end of the Long Meadow Bridge and the north end of the pedestrian/bicyclist portion of the Cedar Avenue Bridge. This low-resolution picture is courtesy of the City of Bloomington, MN.

Posted October 4, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Well, so much for this one--the tee-beam is the last one. I'm sure it will be pointlessly and wastefully demolished soon as well.

Posted September 23, 2016, by Don Morrison

The linked article in Bluff Country News says the bridge is to become a fishing pier. So monumented it is.

Much better than the awful ACoE suggestion to mount it's upper truss structure as decoration on a new bridge as mentioned in the article.

Just about every river up here in the northeast Iowa

/southeast Minnesota area is approaching flood stage right now, so I hope the bridge is ok.

Posted September 22, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nathan just has a quicker trigger finger than you Matt!! ;-)

Posted September 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (Webmaster [at] HistoricBridges [dot] org)

Matt... Great minds think alike... And apparently at the same time as well! As an afterthought I also wonder if this bridge's fate was part of a management plan, I think the state made those for some bridges although I haven't looked at this for a while.

Posted September 22, 2016, by Matt Lohry


Jinx!! Looks like we posted very similar comments at the same time :>)

Posted September 22, 2016, by Matt Lohry

It looks like they put new permanent concrete posts in to keep heavy traffic off, so I would say that they plan to keep it around for pedestrians and bicycles; maybe a trail will eventually be placed across.

Posted September 22, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is gone. A new single-span PS concrete bridge is under construction in its place.

Posted September 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


It looks like the contractor is no longer on-site, and it also looks like new bollards were installed at the ends of the bridge. That being the case, I would guess the bridge has been "monumented" meaning it has been bypassed and abandoned with no restoration work undertaken.

Posted September 22, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is still standing but no longer carries traffic. A new bridge is in place on a new parallel alignment. At this point I don't know if the old bridge will be demolished or kept in place for a trail.

Posted August 30, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Thanks Don.Good to know there is history on both these bridges.

Posted August 30, 2016, by Don Morrison

Apparently they also removed one farther south.

Here is an interesting web page with dates, bridge numbers, and modern pictures:

Posted August 29, 2016, by george oakley (georgeoakley49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Noticed something looking at google maps.If you follow the roadway there is what looks like a pier in the Zumbro River for a bridge.Looks like they removed 2 bridges,not 1.Also i noticed this roadway hooks up with what i think is a rte. 30.Just a couple of observations.

Posted August 28, 2016, by Luke

According to the internet, the bridge lasted into the late 90s.

Posted August 28, 2016, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone have any info on when this was removed, or any pics from when it was operation? Thanks.

Posted August 23, 2016, by Matt Lohry

I'm from up there as well; this is very similar to what they did about 25 years ago a few miles north of there, where the Sturgeon River passes under State Hwy. 1...there was a small, 2-span Warren pony truss bridge there, and they replaced it with a very long UCEB, presumably to control some flooding issues there.

Posted August 23, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Interesting... thats a rather elaborate project to replace a 70 foot span on a quiet county-owned road...

Posted August 23, 2016, by Butch Viitala (viitala [at] hotmail [dot] com)

A new bridge is scheduled for 2017-2018. The new bridge will be about 400 + feet long. Entire bridge construction with approaches will be about 1,050 feet. I own the land on the East side of the river, North plat. Construction is estimated to be 2 years. Highway 5 will be resurfaced with parts reconstructed. I signed the easements in May 2016. Right of way on each side of the bridge is 50 feet permanent, and another 50 feet temporary. Detoured traffic will be routed on the Airport Road to the West of the river. The bridge will be elevated only a few feet. The rights of way are staked.

Posted August 18, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Made tons of sense to replace an historic bridge located in a state preserve for those 7 park vehicles that crossed it a day. The old structure could have been renovated for far less.

Posted August 17, 2016, by CHAD ROBERSON (mrtazwrench [at] juno [dot] com)

I remember going across this with my parents when I was 6 or younger, seemed flimsy then. MN DNR replaced it and only they can drive on the new bridge, open to foot traffic, not sure about ATV'S.

Posted August 11, 2016, by Matt Lohry

The Google Earth satellite view from March shows one span removed, and one in the process of being removed. It's likely gone by now.

Posted July 26, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

We inspected these bridges in early July 2016. The arch spans were repainted and had new deck joints installed in 2015, and are in very good condition.

Posted July 15, 2016, by Francis Drouillard (fdrouillard [at] opacengineers [dot] com)

That's a tied arch, not a through arch. The tie is just below the deck. It is comprised of a wide flange section and 4 prestressing tendons enclosed in pipes. The ties are anchored at the ends of the arch and the arch midspan.

Posted July 7, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Another deserving recipient of the infamous filthy toilet award; nice work, Tony! I swear, St. Louis County probably has "truss bridges suck" stenciled across the front of their wrecking ball. There is still one truss bridge (a Pratt through truss) left outside of Duluth that is still in service, and it's only a few miles from my childhood home (where my folks still live). Since it's in this county, I don't expect that it will be around for too much longer, however...

Posted July 6, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

On the bright side, it helps create an entire area I don't have to ever bother visiting. I can drive straight from Duluth to Thunder Bay and not miss anything. Saves on time. Too bad the county can't just demolish itself from the space-time continuum then I could save even more time.

On a more serious note, being as this website doesn't do Canada, I should give you folks the heads up if you ever do make the ridiculously long drive to see the magnificent Duluth Lift Bridge (and other Duluth bridges), you might as well continue on up to Thunder Bay, which has three extremely unusual movable bridges. A Strauss bascule, Scherzer bascule, and swing. All three were originally built as RR/HWY combos, two/three continue to function in this way.

Posted July 6, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Well Matt, at 5 ADT I figure that new ugly will pay for itself in about... NEVER!

Here... I think you might need this...

Todd Baslee photo

Posted July 6, 2016, by Matt Lohry

Kudos to St. Louis County, the most truss bridge-hating county in the state, this is the last remaining pony truss bridge in service in the county and it is currently being replaced!

Posted June 17, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
US 71 Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted May 29, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Update on the US 71 Bridge in Jackson, MN (USA): The 1954 concrete cantilever span is currently being dismantled in segments. The southern half has long since been removed and workers are working on a cassion to remove the water from the Des Moines River so that they can install a new steel pier and wingwall on the south end. Once that is completed, the northern half will be removed so that the same procedure is done on that end as well. For those who are in the Jackson area this summer, there is still a chance to photograph the northern half of the bridge before that is gone by August. The bridge was built in 1954 by Feller Construction in Rochester, MN replacing a 1924 through truss bridge, which was relocated to a crossing at State Street and served traffic until its demolition and replacement in 1985. When the 1954 bridge is gone, then the history in connection with this bridge will be a memory. More on the construction to come. JS

Posted May 24, 2016, by Matt Lohry

What is it with Fillmore County's sudden assault on its historic bridge collection?? I thought they respected their bridges; turns out they were just tardy to the demolition party!

Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is still extant. Built 1910, abandoned 1976 and removed from MnDOT inventory 1995. Bridge and land are privately owned, but a sign on the road indicates people are welcome to visit, have a picnic, etc. Pony truss approach span was likely added after flooding washed out the south approach; photos from 1955 show the added span already in place. Take dirt road from TH 16, a couple miles west of Peterson, to access bridge.'53.1%22N+91%C2%...

Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is expected to be closed and demolished in June 2016.

Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Grading has begun on the new alignment for the replacement bridge. It is currently open to traffic, but will probably be demolished in August or September 2016.

Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is gone, replaced by a 3-span concrete slab (MN bridge 25613).

Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photo of the old bridge.

Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is gone, replaced by a 3-span curved concrete slab (MN bridge 23591). The nameplate still had protective duct tape over it when I visited on 5/19/16, so the new bridge was built very recently.

Posted May 13, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Inspected this bridge on 5/9/16. There is not much change from the previous inspection. The only real issue is bowing of some lower chord members, indicating possible inward movement of the abutments putting the chords into compression. There is also some scour behind the northeast wingwall.

Posted May 13, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Inspected this bridge this week, for the last time. It is coming out later this year, to be replaced by a single span PS concrete bridge.

Posted May 6, 2016, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a pic from 2015.

Posted April 27, 2016, by Anonymous


Posted April 27, 2016, by Barry (bllauver [at] toad [dot] net)

The north bridge seems to have been much wider than the south bridge. How many tracks did it handle?

Posted April 26, 2016, by Steve M (steve55426 [at] msn [dot] com)

New bridge opened last fall

Posted April 26, 2016, by Steve M (steve55426 [at] msn [dot] com)

Bridge was removed a few weeks ago, construct started on replacement.

Posted April 26, 2016, by Steve M (steve55426 [at] msn [dot] com)

Both of these bridges are gone and the new ones are now in place.

Posted April 25, 2016, by Frank Steffen (fwscg04 [at] gmail [dot] com)

My family and members of our church would go to the yellow bank campground every summer for services and picnics; there was a gravel rd that led from Hwy 75 to the bridge that crossed over the Yellow Bank river. (that road was flooded when they built the dam & spillway on the Minnesota River nearby there). Have fond memories of walking on, and playing on that bridge.

Posted April 19, 2016, by John (stellerwine [at] aol [dot] com)

The last Indian war fought at Sugar Point (Leech lake) the Soldiers passed through this canal to the main lake. There was a book written locally about Nate Daily who owned a steamboat on Leech Lake which transported Soldiers. He claimed that the vessel was too heavy to clear some of the channels and Men tossed over items into the water to lessen the weight. I worked at the US Army Reserve center in Walker for many years and had photographs of brass mortar rounds that had been recovered during dredging operations (Onigum)(Roosevelt Canal). This was about 1976. The mortar rounds are at the Cass County museum, I gave them the photographs for their collection in 2013. I would suspect the swing bridge area to have the same historical artifacts as well to include troop encampments nearby.

Posted April 14, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge, along with the Highway 250 through truss closer to Lanesboro (6975), will be replaced during the summer of 2016.

Posted April 4, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks Don

I'll fix it when I'm back on a real computer unless someone else wants to fix it in the mean time.


Art S.

Posted April 4, 2016, by Don Morrison

Pretty close.

Bridge was on Fillmore Street, dam a half block north of bridge, according to 1874 Andreas atlas.

Posted April 3, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

I put the marker at my best guess.

Posted March 23, 2016, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

I guess you cannot change ignorance. Even figures indicated that rehab was much cheaper than replacement. Dumb move. I guess the only option left is to save the HB and relocate it where it will be wanted. I'll see if and how that can be done. :-(

Posted March 22, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The state wanted to rehab it, the locals wanted it gone. The locals won...


Winona Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted February 23, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Will Minnesota DOT renege on bridge promise?

Posted February 12, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like I'll be taking a venture back down to this bridge this weekend. Will post pics!

Posted February 12, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Looks like its being rehabbed for service:

Winona Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted February 8, 2016, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here we see a fine two-bridge solution under construction. The new concrete box-girder bridge will carry westbound traffic, while the historic truss bridge will carry eastbound traffic. Temporarily, the new bridge will carry both directions, while the old bridge is closed for a thorough rehabilitation. The slim profile of the new bridge will not interfere much with sight lines of the historic truss bridge, especially from the south and the Downtown Winona riverfront.

I only wish such an arrangement could be worked out for a couple of other historic bridges facing demolition, such as Savannah-Sabula.

Wakota Bridge (Minnesota)
Posted January 28, 2016, by Anonymous

This bridge will be reincarnated in a few years, just in time for its inspection in June of 2019.

Posted January 14, 2016, by Jeff Duncan (jdncan [at] co [dot] winona [dot] mn [dot] us)

This bridge was partially destroyed during a high water event from 17" rain on Aug. 17, 2007.

Posted December 30, 2015, by Don Morrison

I must request Die Toten Hosen also play this benefit. The winter pictures look like you'd need a little "Ice Cold Bommerlunder" or "Ten Little Jaegermeisters" to stay warm. 8^)

And of course, the Scorpions are still touring and have some great songs. Make it a German band trifecta.

Sorry about the English - My Deutsch isn't so great, and I didn't want the indignity of using babelfish.

Posted December 29, 2015, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Ein foosball ist kaputt. ;-)

Posted December 29, 2015, by Charles Kuehn

Removed deck plate girder sections stored at this location near Minnesota City: N 44.09788 W 91.77589

Posted December 29, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Er fragte sie, und sie hat nicht gesagt.

Ich würde zu besuchen. \nn/

Posted December 29, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Jason, da Sie Deutsch sprechen können vielleicht könnten Sie zu Rammstein zu sprechen und sie auf der Brücke zu tun eine Spendenaktion Benefizkonzert.

Posted December 29, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Frage für das Forum wg. Milanbrücke im Bundestaat Minnesota in den USA:

Posted December 26, 2015, by William Kearns (wkearns [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

In the 1950's my grandparents lived in Superior and I had an uncle, aunt, and cousin in Duluth. When we visited for a couple of weeks in the summer (we lived in Ohio), we'd cross the Arrowhead Bridge. It was cool because of the curves - very pretty at night, especially. I don't remember the drawbridge being open very much.

Posted December 17, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The city of Austin is looking for money to turn a flood prone area into a trail, and convert this bridge to trail use.

Posted December 11, 2015, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

Latest on the bridge: The structure is still standing but MnDOT will decide in the spring 2016 whether replacing or rehabilitating the bridge will be pursued. According to the most recent article, the state is in favor of rehabbing the bridge, the residents are not. Should they favor replacing the bridge, construction will not happen before 2020. More here:


Posted October 31, 2015, by Joe Hughes (kaszubian [at] gmail [dot] com)

This section of the railroad was initially an enormous trestle built in the 1860s by the Winona and St. Peter Railroad; it was later filled with rock and earth.

Posted October 28, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Seeing the long view in the photo it looks as if the RoW curves a bit at the creek as if it is bypassing the bridge on the NW. I'm not sure what the exact timeline is for this location but I feel fairly comfortable saying this is a railroad bridge. Too far for me to run up to look but there might be some insight to be gained from looking closely at the two structures to get an idea of the relative ages. I doubt either is the original bridge from the 1870s.

Posted October 27, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)


The Milwaukee Road line was built in 1865 by a predecessor, while the Rock Island line was built in 1901 by the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern. What I recall from my visit (nearly 4 years ago) was the ROW was utterly erased to the north from whatever the concrete structure carried.

However, this being said; a look at a 1951 aerial shows a clear railroad right of way on both sides of this bridges. Given the right of way, I am not certain this is Milwaukee Road. The stone arch appears to predate the BCR&N by a bit.

The other possibility would be that the bridge was part of the graded, but never built Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern expansion to Faribault, built and abandoned in 1921. Following the ROW, it appears to head north into Northfield and meet up with the MN&S line.

See the historic aerial below. Would be interested in further comment.

Posted October 27, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

An 1874 map shows one RR through Dundas: Minnesota & St. Paul RR

Maybe a site visit will tell more about an old RoW.

Posted October 27, 2015, by John Marvig

As far as I know, the Milwaukre Road and BCR&N (later RI) used the same track. However, I will take a look at this and maybe take a little trip down there. It would make sense, however the only issue is the difference in elevation between the two embankments. It's entirely possible and maybe likely that this is an old railroad bridge though.

Posted October 26, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

I can't find any maps showing a road here. The 1960 quads show two tracks converging just south of present day 140th street. The 1960 Little Chicago quad shows parallel tracks; Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific on the west, and Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific on the east. I think it's likely this bridge was built for a railroad.

Posted October 24, 2015, by John Marvig

Yeah, I'm almost certain it would be old US-65 (the predecessor to MN-3). I will have to take a look on old maps to confirm for sure.