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Shanaska Creek Bridge


View from north

Photo taken by David Erickson in November 2008

BH Photo #127164



To access this bridge, drive straight down the park road and stop near where it dead ends. Walk back behind the building in the grass and follow the treeline until you reach the bridge.


Through truss bridge over Shanaska Creek
Le Sueur County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1875
Pin-connected, 8-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 115.8 ft.
Total length: 118.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.26636, -93.89830   (decimal degrees)
44°15'59" N, 93°53'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/428302/4901850 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Peter
Inventory numbers
MN 4846 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20483 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 27, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed GPS and gave some specific walking directions to the bridge.
  • November 4, 2008: New photos from David Erickson



Shanaska Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


You are probably right, while CBW did have end plates on Hays Bridge, St. Clair Street Bridge and Oakdale Dam Bridge, they were built in the 1880's. To me, the shield and castings combined with unusual construction are early CBWesque but it would have to be a non-standard design.

Carroll Road Bridge in MD has some similar stylistic cues as well but the construction is different. http://bridgehunter.com/md/baltimore/200000B-0017010/


Art S.

Shanaska Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I photo-documented the bridge extensively, and it has a detail unlike any bridge I have ever seen: riveted tubes that form the overhead struts.

Shanaska Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a Columbia span Art, as this bridge has more conventional endposts with cover plates. A CBW span from 1876 used simple I-Beams with no cover plate.

Certainly a unique and ornate span!

Shanaska Creek Bridge
Posted April 28, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] enableconsulting [dot] com)

Found some pictures on Flickr:


I thought I asked before but I did not see a post. Has the builder been identified? To my eyes, the plaque and some of the decorative work show similarity to Columbia Bridge Works.


Art S.