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Ashley Street Bridge


Des Moines River Bridge (Old)

1946 view

Photo from old postcard


BH Photo #501609


The Ashley Street Bridge is the youngest of the crossings built over the West Branch Des Moines River in Jackson. A contract was let to the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company in 1896 to build a through truss bridge at this site to provide better access to the eastern half of Jackson. It remained in service until 1955 when it was replaced with the current structure, a concrete slab bridge.


Lost Through truss bridge over Des Moines River on Ashley Street
Jackson, Jackson County, Minnesota
Replaced by a new bridge
- L.H. Johnson
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 100.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.62103, -94.98449   (decimal degrees)
43°37'16" N, 94°59'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/339884/4831696 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 93662 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 30, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 18, 2021: Updated by Luke: Corrected "builder" to pre-existing builder category
  • July 18, 2021: Updated by Jason Smith: Updated the information on the bridge.
  • July 16, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs


  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Luke


Des Moines River Bridge (Old)
Posted July 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

From what I'm finding, there wasn't a bridge on the North side of Jackson until the state highway Parker truss was built in the 1930's. Early maps show bridges on State and Ashley Streets and it looks like the State Street Bridge carried the highway early on. Unfortunately, the aerial images only go back to 1992 so no help there on possibly seeing truss bridges.