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Shooting Star Trail - Upper Iowa River Bridge

Photos 

Trailhead sign

Photo taken by Don Morrison in August 2013

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BH Photo #261811

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Repurposed deck plate girder bridge over Upper Iowa River on Shooting Star Trail
Location
Le Roy, Mower County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1903, partially removed sometime after abandonedment in 1970's, restored for recreational trail.
Builder
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago Great Western Railway (CGW)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Deck plate girder with Wooden Guardrails and smooth asphalt deck surface.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 355.0 ft.
Also called
CGW - Upper Iowa River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.51501, -92.50612   (decimal degrees)
43°30'54" N, 92°30'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/539917/4818126 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Le Roy
Inventory number
BH 55194 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2015: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 5, 2013: Updated by Don Morrison: Added categories "Shooting Star State Trail", "Rail to trail"
  • July 1, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Corrected county
  • July 1, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: corrected county
  • January 12, 2013: Added by John Marvig

Sources 

  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Don Morrison

Comments 

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted August 6, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I don't think the bridge should be a problem. I'm pretty able bodied, and I've dealt with more harsh footpaths.

The trestle approach was likely what was removed. I don't think it was a steel girder span like the others.

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2013, by Don Morrison

Getting down to the bank, no problem. Gravity will assist you. Getting back up will be the challenge. 8^)

Just kidding. I'm not sure how difficult it may be to get down below. The bridge crosses the upper Iowa at the south portion of the bridge. The north part actually crosses a wooded wetlands area. The trail at the northeast end I mentioned is not very well travelled, and may just be from animals climbing down.

The original Bridgehunter entry mentioned trestle approaches, but the bridge looks to be all DPG to me.

The trailhead is near the intersection of Lowell and Mather streets.

Apparently the town of Leroy names their streets after Harvard residence halls?

Or after 1990s sitcom characters?

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Well looks like a visit on the way to Preston might be in order Friday morning! I certainly better be able to get to the bank. Lets just hope there are some good summer angles!

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2013, by Don Morrison

Yeah, John;

They did a really nice job on this Shooting Star Trail. There appears to be a way down to the river on the northeast corner of the bridge. I'm not sure if fishermen or animals created the trail. I couldn't follow it down because I'm on a bad ankle right now.

The kiosk has a set of pictures of bridges on the Shooting Star trail.

There is ample parking across the road from the trailhead. I should take the bike for the full trail ride sometime. It goes by the Lake Louise dam as well.

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted August 5, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

You're kidding me! Its wonderful news to see this bridge restored!!!

I might have to check it out myself this fall! Thanks Don!

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted July 4, 2013, by Don Morrison

I might have to do a little bridgehunting this weekend.

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted July 3, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I would certainly encourage you to check it out Don! Admittedly it is on my hit list as well, although I am 120 miles away from it!

CGW Upper Iowa River Bridge
Posted July 1, 2013, by Don Morrison

Hmmmm....

Leroy is in the SE corner of Mower County, Minnesota.

Thirty miles from me.