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MILW - Reads Landing Pontoon Bridge

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Reads Landing Pontoon Bridge

St. Cloud Times: April 17 1951

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BH Photo #454501

Description 

At the time of removal, the bridge consisted of:
64 Spans Pile Trestle (Last renewed 1926)
40' Type "B" Deck Girder (From bridge #A-300, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; originally fabricated date unknown)
396' Pontoon (Built 1932)
40' Type "B" Deck Girder (From bridge #A-300, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; originally fabricated date unknown)
17 Spans Pine Trestle (Last renewed 1926)
105' Pratt pony truss (Originally built 1901 at Bridge #Z-1094; Cambridge, Iowa)
75 Spans Pile Trestle (Last renewed 1926)

Information comes from the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over Mississippi River on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
Location
Reads Landing, Wabasha County, Minnesota, and Buffalo County, Wisconsin
Status
Removed
History
Originally built 1882; Rebuilt 1890 and 1932 due to ice jams destroying portions of the bridge; Approaches destroyed by flooding and bridge removed 1951
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Design
64 Spans Pile Trestle
40' Type "B" Deck Girder
396' Pontoon
40' Type "B" Deck Girder
17 Spans Pine Trestle
105' Pratt pony truss
75 Spans Pile Trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 396.0 ft.
Total length: 646.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.40555, -92.07709   (decimal degrees)
44°24'20" N, 92°04'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/573487/4917332 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wabasha North
Inventory number
BH 65877 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2022: Updated by John Marvig: added relocation information
  • August 18, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • April 7, 2016: Updated by Luke: Dimensions
  • February 6, 2015: Added by Luke

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