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MSTL - Carver Bridge

Photos 

Main Street portion of the bridge (looking northeast)

Photo taken by Jason Smith in January 2011

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BH Photo #191805

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Minnesota River on UPRR (Minneapolis and St. Louis RR)
Location
Carver, Carver County, Minnesota, and Scott County, Minnesota
Status
Lost
History
Built 1917 replacing a swing span built in the 1889 and earlier in 1871; Removed Fall 2011
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Gustaf Widell & Co. of Mankato, Minnesota
Railroads
- Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (MSTL)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
6 Spans Trestle
6 Spans 70' Deck Plate Girder
16 Spans Trestle
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 680.0 ft.
Also called
MSTL - Minnesota River Bridge (Carver)
MSTL - Bridge #22
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.76276, -93.62177   (decimal degrees)
44°45'46" N, 93°37'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/450793/4956784 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Shakopee
Inventory number
BH 47580 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 26, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added builder
  • July 3, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added builder
  • December 11, 2012: New video from John Marvig
  • November 1, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 2, 2012: New photo from John Marvig
  • November 8, 2011: New video from John Marvig
  • September 5, 2011: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information on the bridge
  • February 13, 2011: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 8, 2011: Added by Jason Smith

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Comments 

M&StL Bridge at Carver
Posted June 15, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I did some research about this bridge today at the state archives. It was never intended to be the permanent bridge. It was more or less a quick fix to the failing swing bridge. The goal was to replace this bridge with a double tracked lift span after the war. But that never happened.

Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad Bridge at Carver
Posted September 5, 2011, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

sackgasse = dead end, railroad spur