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Forestville South Branch Root River Bridge


Photo taken by Robert Elder


BH Photo #134595


Through truss bridge over South Branch Root River on CR 118 at Forestville
Fillmore County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1899 by the Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Co.; closed to traffic in 2009
- Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pin-connected, 6-panel Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 97.1 ft.
Total length: 101.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.64167, -92.21472   (decimal degrees)
43°38'30" N, 92°12'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/563336/4832374 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2005)
Inventory numbers
MN 6263 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20370 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2011)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.1 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • July 19, 2022: New photos from Jason Smith
  • November 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Root River"
  • October 9, 2010: New photos from Ruth Reynolds
  • June 27, 2010: Updated by Ruth Reynolds: Updated Status.
  • June 6, 2009: Updated by Brian McKee: modified bridge name


  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Ruth Reynolds - ruthmusic [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Forestville South Branch Root River Bridge
Posted February 20, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This Bridge since 2009 has been CLOSED

South Branch Root River Bridge
Posted January 2, 2008, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This six panel, pin connected Pratt through truss is located within the Forrestville-Mystery Cave State Park. A vehicle pass from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is needed to enter the park, and can be obtained at the office near the bridge or at the cave entrance a few miles to the west.

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.