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Sturgeon River Bridge


Oblique view of main trusses

I took these photos in 2000, a few years before its destruction.

Photo taken by Matthew Lohry


BH Photo #156012



Twenty years ago, this type of Warren pony truss could be found at many, many river crossings in this part of St. Louis County. This bridge, even though it was built in 1919 at a time when lattice (or X-bracing) and V-lacing were regularly used in the built-up members of truss bridges, this and many others like it in this area lacked both. This bridge's vertical truss members were composed of rolled I-beams rather than built-up members, and the diagonals were built up of angle iron connected with batten plates. Batten plates were also used under the upper chord, where V-lacing or X-bracing would normally be used. Nevertheless, this was a beautiful and low-maintenance bridge type and withstood the harshness of the elements and road conditions in this part of the state.


Lost Warren pony truss bridge over Sturgeon River on CR 652
St. Louis County, Minnesota
No longer exists
Built 1919; replaced 2004
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss
Span length: 71.9 ft.
Total length: 71.9 ft.
Also called
Goodell Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.71835, -92.85594   (decimal degrees)
47°43'06" N, 92°51'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/510804/5285007 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dark Lake
Inventory numbers
MN 7825 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20630 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2010: New photos from Matthew Lohry
  • February 5, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated bridge type--I have photos, will add soon


  • Matt Lohry


Sturgeon River Bridge
Posted May 23, 2011, by Matt Lohry


If you don't mind me asking, is this the right bridge you're referring to? If so, it's a bit late to save this one; it's been gone since 2004 :>(

Sturgeon River Bridge
Posted May 22, 2011, by kelly lancette (fishnchick [at] mchsi [dot] com)

thanks so much for the photos/site, Matt. I am actually using them in court as i try to save the bridge....