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Bear Creek Bridge


taken 7/17/2010

Photo taken by Benjamin Cole


BH Photo #177369



Pratt through truss bridge over Bear Creek on Nature RD
Fillmore County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
To be replaced by new bridge; old bridge to be converted to fishing pier
Built 1906
- A.Y. Bayne & Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
6-panel, pin-connected, Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 98.4 ft.
Total length: 118.4 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Nature Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.75306, -92.28778   (decimal degrees)
43°45'11" N, 92°17'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/557338/4844692 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1973)
Inventory numbers
MN L4885 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 20358 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2014)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 20 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 22, 2016: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated per forum post--this bridge has been bypassed and left in place.
  • November 30, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated design type
  • September 12, 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
  • Matt Lohry
  • Bluff Country News - Aug. 6, 2015


Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 23, 2016, by Don Morrison

The linked article in Bluff Country News says the bridge is to become a fishing pier. So monumented it is.

Much better than the awful ACoE suggestion to mount it's upper truss structure as decoration on a new bridge as mentioned in the article.

Just about every river up here in the northeast Iowa

/southeast Minnesota area is approaching flood stage right now, so I hope the bridge is ok.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Nathan just has a quicker trigger finger than you Matt!! ;-)

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (Webmaster [at] HistoricBridges [dot] org)

Matt... Great minds think alike... And apparently at the same time as well! As an afterthought I also wonder if this bridge's fate was part of a management plan, I think the state made those for some bridges although I haven't looked at this for a while.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Matt Lohry


Jinx!! Looks like we posted very similar comments at the same time :>)

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Matt Lohry

It looks like they put new permanent concrete posts in to keep heavy traffic off, so I would say that they plan to keep it around for pedestrians and bicycles; maybe a trail will eventually be placed across.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


It looks like the contractor is no longer on-site, and it also looks like new bollards were installed at the ends of the bridge. That being the case, I would guess the bridge has been "monumented" meaning it has been bypassed and abandoned with no restoration work undertaken.

Bear Creek Bridge
Posted September 22, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is still standing but no longer carries traffic. A new bridge is in place on a new parallel alignment. At this point I don't know if the old bridge will be demolished or kept in place for a trail.

Bear Creek Bridge Nature RD.
Posted October 3, 2014, by Joe Fishbein (jmf [at] visi [dot] com)

Inspected this bridge 10/1/14.