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US71 Veteran's Oil Bridge (1924)


Des Moines River Bridge

Photo from old postcard


BH Photo #497676


The first Vet's Oil Crossing was built in 1924 by the Iowa Bridge Company. It was part of the project to realign US Hwys. 71 and 16 as it originally ran parallel to the Des Moines River, beginning at the State Street Bridge and ending as it ran along the former Milwaukee Railroad towards the Black Bridge. The portal bracings were replaced with a three-rhombus Howe lattice design in 1939. The bridge was replaced by the second crossing in 1955 but not before the truss bridge was moved with rollers to its new home at State Street to replace the truss bridge there. It would serve traffic until its demolition and replacement in 1985.


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Des Moines River on 3rd Street/ US Hwy. 71 and 16
Jackson, Jackson County, Minnesota
Replaced by a new bridge and relocated to the State Street Crossing in 1955
Relocated to State Street in 1954
- Iowa Bridge Co. (1902-193X) of Des Moines, Iowa
9-panel, riveted Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.62623, -94.99066   (decimal degrees)
43°37'34" N, 94°59'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/339400/4832285 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93088 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 18, 2021: Updated by Luke: Name change
  • July 18, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information on the bridge.
  • May 4, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • May 4, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

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