Phalen Park Bridge
Oblique view of entire bridge
Photo taken by Matthew Lohry in April 2010
BH Photo #162281
This bridge was built in 1906 and underwent a major rehabilitation and relocation in 1992. I'm uncertain of this bridge's original location, but judging by the concrete piers and location of the bridge, it was not here. This bridge is a bedstead Pratt pony truss, and the only bedstead truss that I am aware of in the state (there could certainly be more that I don't know about). It is a strikingly beautiful and unique bridge type, and it is good to see that people care enough about it to allow it to live on in a protected location such as Phalen Park. The bridge had some severe and insensitive modfications done to it during its 1992 rehabilitation, though. Most of the rivets on the horizontal portion of the lower chord were replaced by bolts, which look more disorganized and "chaotic" than rivets. Also, I am thinking that the bridge was widened because it is incredibly wide for a truss bridge with a 1906 build date. The floor beams look like modern double-flange beams rather than what would be typical of this era. The support bents, however, have lots of V-lacing and are unmodified, but they could have been manufactured this way to match the flavor of the original bridge. Steel angle plates are welded in random locations to hold truss members that were most likely not in these locations to begin with. I'm referring to the members between the lower chord and the bedstead verticals, just above the curved connections. The bridge retains one original railing, but the other was lost in favor of an ugly, green lattice replacement. The steel stringer approach spans were also added and obviously are not part of the original configuration. Regardless of these modifications, the bridge retains its beautiful and unique appearance, and is an asset and a great feature that helps to enhance the overall beauty of Phalen Park.
- Bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge over South Channel on a pedestrian trail in St. Paul
- Maplewood, Ramsey County, Minnesota
- Open to pedestrians only
- Built 1906
- - Cambria Steel Co. of Johnstown, Pennsylvania (Iron/Steel Manufacturer)
- St. Paul Foundry Co. of St. Paul, Minnesota
- Pony truss
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 92.5 ft.
Deck width: 28.9 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.99047, -93.05775 (decimal degrees)
44°59'26" N, 93°03'28" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 15/495447/4981893 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Saint Paul East
- Inventory numbers
- MN L8789 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20560 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- November 19, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
- June 6, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed GPS.
- April 12, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Added description and photos, updated truss type