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Old MN 16 Bridge


Photo taken by Benjamin Cole


BH Photo #196197



Found this bridge canoeing on the root river last weekend plenty of holes in the concrete deck and you can see it has not been used in quite some time, next time i head down that way i might try to get a few pictures, any help would be greatly appreciated

I believe this the only camelback truss left in SE MN


Abandoned camelback through truss bridge over Root River on State Hwy 16?
Peterson, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Built 1910
8 panel Camelback through truss, with a warren pony truss for the north approach
Length of largest span: 151.9 ft.
Total length: 193.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.78134, -91.86459   (decimal degrees)
43°46'53" N, 91°51'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/591364/4848213 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rushford West
Inventory numbers
MN L4698 (Minnesota bridge number)
BH 45799 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • March 27, 2011: New photos from Benjamin Cole
  • January 23, 2011: New photo from Benjamin Cole
  • August 4, 2010: Updated by Cliff Darby: Incorporated NBI data
  • August 4, 2010: Added by Benjamin Cole


  • Benjamin Cole - mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Cliff Darby - cliffsta1987 [at] gmail [dot] com


Old MN 16 Bridge
Posted May 24, 2016, by Joe Fishbein (jmfmando [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is still extant. Built 1910, abandoned 1976 and removed from MnDOT inventory 1995. Bridge and land are privately owned, but a sign on the road indicates people are welcome to visit, have a picnic, etc. Pony truss approach span was likely added after flooding washed out the south approach; photos from 1955 show the added span already in place. Take dirt road from TH 16, a couple miles west of Peterson, to access bridge.


Old MN 16 Bridge
Posted August 6, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I'm pretty sure this bridge was once on US-16, which was the predecessor to I-90 in Minnesota, based on the fact that it was on MN-16.


Great bridge for sure

Old MN HWY 16 bridge
Posted August 9, 2011, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anybody have any knowledge of this bridge?


Old MN HWY 16 bridge
Posted March 28, 2011, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Anybody have any knowledge or info about this bridge it looks really similar to this bridge here in dakota county http://bridgehunter.com/mn/dakota/etter/

Old MN HWY 16 bridge
Posted November 18, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Good View of this bridge on bings bird's eye map feature

Old MN HWY 16 bridge
Posted August 4, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Went back to the 1990 listings of the NBI and it was listed. There are a TON of thru-truss bridges in this county... super lucky folks y'all are. In my parish (Rapides, Louisiana) we have two... and the historic one is doomed.