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Smith Avenue High Bridge (Old)

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View To Northwest, Showing Reconstructed Span No. 1 On Left

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost deck truss bridge over Mississippi River and Canadian Pacific Railway on MN 149 at St. Paul
Location
St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1887-89, five spans damaged by tornado in 1904, rebuilt in 1905, one northern span rehabilitated in 1933-34, closed to traffic in 1984, replaced in 1985
Builders
- Horace E. Horton of Rochester, Minnesota (designing engineer)
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Design
Wrought iron Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 2,770.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.93389, -93.10545   (decimal degrees)
44°56'02" N, 93°06'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/491679/4975611 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul East
Inventory number
BH 43928 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 27, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • January 23, 2010: Added by Jason Smith

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Sources 

  • Jason Smith - JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net
  • HAER MN-5 - Smith Avenue High Bridge, Smith Avenue between Cherokee Avenue & Cliff Street, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, MN
  • Jacob P. Bernard
  • 1904 Railroad Gazette - Contemporary report on tornado damage