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Houston Bridge


Side view

Taken in 1954

Photo by Minnesota Department of Transportation


BH Photo #241014



According to the aerial view from Google Earth, there is a through truss bridge over the Root River at this location. The bridge appears to be on private property, and may possibly be accessible from CR 9 on the north side of the river. There does not appear to be any access to the bridge from the south without trespassing. The CR 9 street view shows that the road looks to be a field access road and is basically overgrown with field grass, and has tire paths only. If I make it down that way, I will inquire to see if I can possibly get down that road to see what is there and get photos.


Abandoned through truss bridge over the Root River on private property just east of Houston
Houston, Houston County, Minnesota
Closed to thru traffic; privately owned
Built in 1928; closed to traffic in 1986 and now privately owned
Camelback through truss with A-frame portal bracing and riveted connections
Length of largest span: 148.0 ft.
Total length: 154.0 ft.
Also called
Root River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.77096, -91.54568   (decimal degrees)
43°46'15" N, 91°32'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/617047/4847461 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 45853 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "8-panel truss", "A-frame portal", "Root River", "Riveted"
  • October 5, 2012: Updated by Jason Smith: Changed and added information on the bridge; according to MnDOT, the bridge is privately owned
  • August 10, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry


  • Matt Lohry
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com


Houston Bridge
Posted February 7, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

1956 Historic Aerials imagery is very good and shows this bridge carrying CR-9 and connecting with SR-76 East of Houston. The work on a new stretch of the state road and signs of a new bridge being constructed directly North of town can clearly be seen. It appears to have replaced another bridge to the West that has since been demolished. That span does not appear to have been a truss bridge.

Houston Bridge
Posted February 6, 2021, by Jansen VanLin (jgvanlin [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is used as a snowmobile trail crossing in the winter.