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MPLI - Redwood River Bridge


M&STL Redwood River Bridge

Looking from County 101 Bridge

Photo taken by John Marvig in June 2011


BH Photo #203525

Street View 


Builder courtesy of the Hagley Museum & Library, Phoenix Bridge Company records


Warren through truss bridge over Redwood River on Minnesota Prairie Line
Redwood County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Built 1898
- Phoenix Bridge Co. of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (MSTL)
- Minnesota Prairie Line (MPLI)
- Twin Cities Western Railroad (TCWR)
Warren Through Truss
Length of largest span: 121.0 ft.
Total length: 169.0 ft.
Also called
M&STL Bridge #59
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.56549, -95.10069   (decimal degrees)
44°33'56" N, 95°06'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/333186/4936830 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Redwood Falls
Inventory number
BH 49064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builder
  • April 29, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • October 31, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 2, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Corrected date to match date I got from C&NWHS archives
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Railroad", "Twin Cities Western Railroad"
  • March 3, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Minnesota Prairie Line"
  • October 26, 2011: New Street View added by John Marvig
  • July 6, 2011: Added by John Marvig



MPLI - Redwood River Bridge
Posted December 3, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm slightly curious about this one. It is only a few miles from this bridge: http://bridgehunter.com/mn/redwood/bh46154/

both of which was ordered as part of an order on 11/1/1898.

Railroad documents from 1928 list this bridge as having been built in 1898, although the actual order from Phoenix and a 1960 track chart list this as a pin connected bridge. An old postcard from ca. 1905 clearly shows the current riveted bridge existed at that time.

I am also curious why a riveted span was used here, instead of a pin connected span similar to what was ordered at the same time. The M&StL/Iowa Central appear to be among the first to have widely used riveted spans.