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Bear Creek Bridge


Barrel Shot #1

Photo taken by Benjamin Cole


BH Photo #171841



Through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Nature RD
Fillmore County, Minnesota
Future prospects
To be relocated and reused
Built 1914
- Minneapolis Bridge & Iron Works
Pinned, Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 95.5 ft.
Total length: 101.1 ft.
Deck width: 14.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.75694, -92.32056   (decimal degrees)
43°45'25" N, 92°19'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/554695/4845102 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1973)
Inventory numbers
MN L4883 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20357 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • November 30, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status and added other information
  • September 10, 2010: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • June 6, 2009: Updated by Brian McKee: changed road name from CR to TR


  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Benjamin Cole - mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Bear Creek Bridge
Posted November 30, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

They say it will be reused in a spring valley park according to this paper


Bear Creek Bridge
Posted October 28, 2010, by Lyle Pingman

Depends really. One bridge had what appeared to be inmates from a correctional facility wail away at it in no real organized fashion as its demolition. You'd like to be able to save at least some of them. What is society going to be able to show people in the future? A dry musty tome on design? Some grainy images scanned online? Or the Real McCoy?

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted October 26, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

Some of these photos make me wonder if the old bridge might be planned for relocation, though--normally, if the bridge were just being demolished, they would either dismantle the bridge piece by piece, or just use an excavator or some other large piece of equipment to shove it over and let it fall into the river. This one looks like it was lifted in one piece and set aside, as if it were going to be reused. Hope springs eternal? This is Fillmore County, so there is a glimmer of hope, anyway. Fillmore County treats its historic truss bridges far better than any other county in Minnesota.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted October 10, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another Truss bridge LOST TO MNDOT

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted July 19, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

1st pic- barrel shot

2nd pic- builders plate's hard to read but was built by Minneapolis Bridge and Iron Works 1914

3rd pic- Damaged deck railing

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted July 17, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Barrel Shot