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Granite Falls Walking Bridge

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Photo taken by Jason Smith in December 2010

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Granite Falls Walking Bridge 

Written by Jason Smith

The Granite Falls Walking Bridge has a history dating as far back as 1888 with the construction of its first footbridge, a simple wooden stringer bridge with wood pilings. Problem with that was with each new bridge, ice or floods would take it down. When a new bridge was built in 1889, it was the third structure built in its place. It was replaced with a wider and more structurally sound bridge in 1896. But ice took it out in 1913 and despite attempts to free up the ice from slamming against the bridge, a newer structure was destroyed in 1917 but was replaced with a sturdier bridge in time for the Fourth of July that year. Problems with flooding and ice continued until voters unanimously approved a bond for a new bridge in August 1933. Construction of the bridge was completed two years later and the bridge has been serving pedestrians ever since, despite flood damage in 1969, 1997 and 2001 and renovations that occurred prior to the second flooding. The suspension pedestrian bridge still serves traffic today and connects the business district with a park on the Chippewa County side.

Facts 

Overview
Suspension footbridge over Minnesota River at 8th Avenue in Granite Falls
Location
Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, and Chippewa County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1935 by the Roebling Co.; damaged by flooding in 1969, 1997 and 2001
Builders
- John A. Roebling's Sons Co. of Roebling, New Jersey
- Minneapolis Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Design
Wire suspension with Warren truss style guardrails
Also called
Roebling Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.81008, -95.53719   (decimal degrees)
44°48'36" N, 95°32'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/299370/4964984 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Granite Falls
Inventory number
BH 44500 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 20, 2011: Essay added by Jason Smith
  • January 6, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • March 19, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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Granite Falls Walking Bridge
Posted April 19, 2010, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

The name of the company was:

John A. Roebling's Sons Company