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Columbia Park Bridge

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Photo taken by Matthew Lohry

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BH Photo #180147

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Description 

This beautiful steel ribbed, latticed arch bridge is hidden in the middle of Columbia Golf Course and is not visible from anywhere outside of it, and so it may not be very well known other than by those that frequently use the course, or those that pilot the trains that pass underneath. The bridge's main arches are composed of lattice from one end to the other, and transverse built-up members featuring V-lacing connect the main arches to each other. The arches are pinned at either end to the bearings, which are mounted to large concrete foundations. The abutments are composed of thin stone layers and appear to be in decent shape. The deck is composed of longitudinal concrete segments and may or may not be original. The bridge retains its original lattice railings. The floor beams are composed of rolled I-beams and appear also to be original. Unless a golfer interested in bridges passes over, I am sure that most folks who use the bridge pass over it without realizing that they are passing over a bridge that has been standing for nearly 115 years. Amazing!

Facts 

Overview
Steel arch bridge over Soo Line RR (BNSF RR) on Golf Course Path
Location
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1896
Builder
- Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Design
Steel ribbed arch
Also called
Bridge No. 93844
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.02810, -93.25167   (decimal degrees)
45°01'41" N, 93°15'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480174/4986103 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Minneapolis North
Inventory number
BH 46317 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2010: New photos from Matthew Lohry
  • September 25, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry