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CB&Q - Winona Bridge


Overall View Of Bridge And Mississippi River. View To Southeast.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #177106



Lost through truss bridge over Mississippi River on Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (later BN RR)
Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, and Buffalo County, Wisconsin
Built in 1891; burned in a fire in 1989; later removed in 1990
- George S. Morison of New Bedford, Massachusetts
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Swing Span: Howe through truss
Approach Spans: Parker through truss (3 spans)
All are pin-connected
Length of largest span: 270.0 ft.
Total length: 1,700.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.04554, -91.60399   (decimal degrees)
44°02'44" N, 91°36'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/611838/4877877 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Winona East
Inventory number
BH 46139 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: GPS fix
  • May 2, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Navigable waterway"
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • September 12, 2010: Added by Jason Smith


  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • HAER MN-8 - Winona Bridge, Spanning Mississippi River, Winona, Winona County, MN
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke


CB&Q - Winona Bridge
Posted November 11, 2017, by Anonymous

Dana, your pics are of the CNW bridge.

CB&Q Mississippi River Bridge (Winona)
Posted October 17, 2013, by Don Morrison

I found an old county atlas showing a rail crossing there, but nothing saying CB&Q, so I didn't change the coordinates. It also shows the "High Bridge" that predated the Winona Bridge.

CB&Q Mississippi River Bridge (Winona)
Posted October 17, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I agree with Don, those look like the right coordinates....

Tis a shame this beauty of a bridge is gone. I would have loved to see it.

CB&Q Mississippi River Bridge (Winona)
Posted October 17, 2013, by Don Morrison

Anyone else think that the proper coordinates of this bridge were 44.044831,-91.60642 ?