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Houston Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Taken in 1954

Photo by Minnesota Department of Transportation

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BH Photo #241014

Map 

Description 

According to the aerial view from Google Earth, there is a through truss bridge over the Root River at this location. The bridge appears to be on private property, and may possibly be accessible from CR 9 on the north side of the river. There does not appear to be any access to the bridge from the south without trespassing. The CR 9 street view shows that the road looks to be a field access road and is basically overgrown with field grass, and has tire paths only. If I make it down that way, I will inquire to see if I can possibly get down that road to see what is there and get photos.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned through truss bridge over the Root River on private property just east of Houston
Location
Houston, Houston County, Minnesota
Status
Closed to thru traffic; privately owned
History
Built in 1928; closed to traffic in 1986 and now privately owned
Design
Camelback through truss with A-frame portal bracing and riveted connections
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 154.0 ft.
Also called
Root River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.77096, -91.54568   (decimal degrees)
43°46'15" N, 91°32'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/617047/4847461 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Houston
Inventory number
BH 45853 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "8-panel truss", "A-frame portal", "Root River", "Riveted"
  • October 5, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed and added information on the bridge; according to MnDOT, the bridge is privately owned
  • August 10, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry

Sources 

  • Matt Lohry
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com