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Salisbury Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith in December 2010


BH Photo #191155


Through truss bridge over North Fork Crow River on CR 362
Meeker County, Minnesota
Closed to traffic after an accident in November 2010; fate uncertain
Built 1899 by the Hewett Bridge Co.
- William S. Hewett & Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 120.4 ft.
Total length: 148.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 9, 1997
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.20219, -94.37917   (decimal degrees)
45°12'08" N, 94°22'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/391683/5006337 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Forest City
Average daily traffic (as of 1986)
Inventory numbers
MN 90980 (Minnesota bridge number)
NRHP 96001560 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 20504 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • December 30, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: This bridge is closed to traffic after an accident in November 2010


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Salisbury Bridge
Posted October 24, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

County is considering preservation of this bridge http://www.independentreview.net/view/full_story/16127058/ar...

Salisbury Bridge
Posted June 27, 2011, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

In response to the comments on the Salisbury Bridge:

1. The bridge is actually on the National Register of Historic Places because it was an example of the works of the Hewett family (in this case, W.H. Hewett), which dominated the state and westwards during the 1890s and first two decades of the 20th century. Hewett had his bridge company located in Minneapolis, where many of his disciples continued on with their own bridge companies; one of which was the Minneapolis Bridge Company under Alexander Bayne from 1911 to ca. 1930.

You are free to use my photos as long as you cite it accordingly. The photos were taken in December 2010 and yes, winter was kind to me when I went on this photo spree, except it was a bit cloudy when I got these pics.

2. As far as the accident is concerned, from what I received from the county engineer, the driver lost control of the car as he was crossing the bridge and that was the reason why it went into the endpost. Had he sped across the bridge, he would have put the entire structure in the water. From what I understood, although he did slow down, it was way too slippery to go across. This was one of the cases where it should have been open only for warmer seasons. The future of the bridge is unclear but I tend to investigate further when I'm in MN in August.


Salisbury Bridge
Posted June 27, 2011, by Todd (mrwalk11 [at] hothail [dot] com)

Why cannot drivers simply slow down or have common sence before crossing historic bridges. Helps cut down on the UCEB population.

Salisbury Bridge
Posted June 27, 2011, by Robert C. Munter (munte001 [at] umn [dot] edu)

Great photos. Thanks for the good work. Do you know if it has been put in the National Registry yet?

My interest is that the Former Senator Steve Dille and I are writting a piece for the Dassel Area Historical Society about the two stories written by Walter A. Salisbury, about his experiences growing up in the late 1850's, and his observations of Chief Little Crow and his band spending their winters on the Salisbury claim. Their log cabin was ahort distance south ot this Historic bridge on the river.

I'd like to mention your website in our writeup.


Bob Munter