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Stillwater Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #134605

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Stillwater's first bridge across the St. Croix opened in 1876. The lift bridge was completed in 1931, and is one of the three remaining vertical-lift highway bridges built in Minnesota and Wisconsin prior to World War II. This style of lift bridge is commonly known as a Waddell and Harrington vertical lift. The span is raised and lowered by steel cables passing over sheaths at the top of steel towers mounted on the span's piers.

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Vertical lift bridge over St. Croix River on MN 36/WI 64 at Stillwater
Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota, and St. Croix County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Preserved in place for pedestrians since being bypassed by the St. Croix Crossing in 2017
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1973, 2017-19
- Ash, Howard, Needles, & Tammen of Kansas City, Missouri (Consulting Engineers)
Vertical lift
5 east spans and 1 vertical lift span riveted Camelback through truss
West span: Riveted Parker through truss bridge
Each portal bracing has a 5-rhombus Lattice design
Length of largest span: 143.7 ft.
Total length: 1,053.2 ft.
Deck width: 23.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 25, 1989
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.05736, -92.80031   (decimal degrees)
45°03'26" N, 92°48'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/515723/4989341 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
MN 4654 (Minnesota bridge number)
NRHP 89000445 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 34761 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • January 25, 2023: New photo from Mark Boettcher
  • January 16, 2022: New photos from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 10, 2021: New Street View added by Luke
  • October 1, 2019: New photos from Ben Tate
  • February 22, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Bridge now rehabilitated for pedestrian use
  • December 15, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 8, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • May 4, 2016: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • November 5, 2014: New video added
  • March 4, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 7, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated NBI
  • July 30, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • June 4, 2010: Updated by Jason Smith: Added detailed information on design type and history

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Stillwater Bridge
Posted October 1, 2019, by Ben Tate (benji5221 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

A span has been removed while repairs to the lift span are made.


Stillwater Bridge
Posted February 22, 2018, by Amanda

The bridge is now open for pedestrian use.

However, it is clear that more work needs to be done to the bridge to restore it to the quality that is advertised on a bulletin board near the bridge... so thatís probably where the 2019 date comes from.

The bridge is currently preserved for pedestrian use as of February 2018.

Stillwater Bridge
Posted August 12, 2017, by Ross Brown (bluehavanaross [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge was closed earlier this month and will reopen as a pedestrian crossing in 2019. The lift span is still operating (don't know why), but the area is nice to have with less traffic.

Stillwater Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by Jake Lennington (simpspin [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I took this pic today.

Stillwater Bridge
Posted February 1, 2014, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

You've got to like any bridge that has a brewery named after it, The brewery features a very nice photo of the bridge, taken from a boat on the river, on its web site: http://liftbridgebrewery.com/

Stillwater Bridge
Posted April 18, 2011, by Andy

Genreally I like the history channel but I knew this show would be a failure, I gave it 5 minutes anyways. When the mayor said that this bridge needed to be replaced because the sufficiency is 32 and when the I-35W bridge collapsed its sufficiency rating was 50. I couldn't stop laughing, there have to be hundreds if not thousands of bridges in his jurisdiction with a rating under 32 which to him means, to him, they going to fall down in the near future.

I thought of a good analogy for his comparison of this bridge and the I-35W bridge. It's like saying my friend died in a freak car accident when he we 32, I have another friend who is 50, this must mean he will die tomorrow.

Stillwater Bridge
Posted April 17, 2011, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, the History program pointed out several flaws of the bridge but failed to ignore the COST of building a new bridge compared to fixing this one.

More crock and yawn from History Channel programming.

Stillwater Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Matthew Lohry

Nathan, I saw the Star Tribune article that you reference on your website the day it was published, and they, too, are haters of historic bridges, especially in the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse. The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act is a total crock, and is very similar to the law that brought down the Shanley Road Bridge in Pennsylvania! Even the mayor of Stillwater wants the bridge gone (even though it will spell doom for their tourism industry!)!!

Stillwater Bridge
Posted April 7, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The History Channel is a threat to historic bridges. Despite decent NBI ratings, an upcoming History Channel show will condemn this bridge as on the verge of collapse. I offer a detailed commentary here: http://www.historicbridges.org/info/stillwater.htm