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MPLI - Minnesota River Bridge

Photos 

Portal view

Photo taken by Jason Smith

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BH Photo #177501

Map 

Description 

Old pratt truss main span with 87 spans of Wooden Trestle, extending way back into the woods. Photo of trestle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/butcher007/3242652894/

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Minnesota River on Twin Cities and Western Railroad
Location
Morton, Redwood County, Minnesota, and Renville County, Minnesota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1896
Builder
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M&StL; MSTL)
- Minnesota Prairie Line (MPLI)
- Twin Cities Western Railroad (TCWR)
Design
Pratt through truss with 87 approach spans of pile bridge.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 157.0 ft.
Total length: 1,342.0 ft.
Also called
M&STL Bridge #53
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.54569, -94.98879   (decimal degrees)
44°32'44" N, 94°59'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/342019/4934408 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Morton
Inventory number
BH 46154 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 29, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 31, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Twin Cities Western Railroad"
  • March 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Minnesota Prairie Line"
  • March 2, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected build date, added some links.
  • March 2, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 28, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Minnesota River", "Scheduled for replacement", "6-panel truss"
  • July 7, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added flickr link to photo of trestle
  • July 7, 2011: Updated by John Marvig: Built 1884, not 1883
  • September 13, 2010: Added by Jason Smith

Sources 

Comments 

MPL Minnesota River Bridge
Posted May 12, 2012, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

the C&NWHS showed me built records. It is 1896...