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Luce Line Trail Bridge


Elevation view from Wayzata Blvd

Photo taken by Matthew Lohry


BH Photo #190693

Street Views 


This beautiful 7-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge was constructed in 1885 to carry the Chicago & Alton Railroad over the Illinois River at Pearl, Illinois. The Luce Line purchased it in 1914 and relocated it here. In 2008, it was relocated again; from about 1/4 mile west of its current location. The bridge is very heavily built, with multiple turnbuckled vertical members and massive upper chords. The bridge was restored and moved to its current location in 2008, replacing a steel stringer bridge with wood substructure. The restoration of the bridge itself was nicely carried out, but the railings are hideous and overwhelm the structure from either portal. Nasty concrete newell posts are located at each corner of the bridge and all but obscure the end posts from view from either direction. New stamped concrete abutments designed to look like river boulder abutments look very fake and could have been designed to look more appropriate than they do. Despite the gross railings, the bridge is a nice feature for the trail that enhances the experience of using it.


Pratt through truss bridge over Wayzata Boulevard on Luce Line State Trail
Wayzata, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians
Built 1885 in Pearl, Illinois; Relocated to Long Lake in 1914; Relocated again 2008
- Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (MSTL)
Pratt through truss
Span length: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 130.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.98084, -93.54578   (decimal degrees)
44°58'51" N, 93°32'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/456969/4980966 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 47356 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 2, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added relocation details from book
  • March 27, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 8, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Rail-to-trail", "Relocated", "Pin-connected", "railroad"
  • January 15, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • December 21, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry


  • Matt Lohry
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com