4 votes

UP - Le Sueur Creek Bridge


UP Forest Prairie Creek Bridge

Looking South

Photo taken by John Marvig in November 2011


BH Photo #267398

Street View 


Constructed from four spans of a bridge at Hudson, Wisconsin built in 1881, later rebuilt into two spans and relocated here.


Warren pony truss bridge over Le Sueur Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Built 1881 as four spans of a bridge at Hudson, Wisconsin; Rebuilt and relocated here 1899
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway (CMO)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
2 Warren Pony Truss spans
Length of largest span: 84.0 ft.
Total length: 160.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW Bridge #308
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.48039, -93.89948   (decimal degrees)
44°28'49" N, 93°53'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/428469/4925624 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Le Sueur
Inventory number
BH 49470 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2019: Updated by John Marvig: Added information from C&NW Bridge Records
  • April 21, 2018: New photos from John Marvig
  • September 29, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added a "Double-trussed" category
  • September 29, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • June 2, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • February 13, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • July 20, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Union Pacific Railroad", "Railroad"
  • July 20, 2012: New photo from John Marvig
  • October 6, 2011: New Street View added by John Marvig
  • August 31, 2011: Added by John Marvig

Related Bridges 



UP - Le Sueur Creek Bridge
Posted March 22, 2019, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Upon further research, bridge plans give information that this bridge was constructed from four spans, two of 84'5" and two of 83'1", built in 1881 as an approach to a bridge at Hudson, Wisconsin. As the St. Croix River bridge was slowly filled in and rebuilt, several spans were reused for scrap. These four spans were combined to make two spans, and shipped here in 1899.

I would also assume this bridge may have a similar history:


UP Forest Prairie Creek Bridge
Posted September 29, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Anybody have anything to say about this odd bridge? It has very light connections, but very heavy members. Built on stone and concrete, the line was relocated here 1899, but it does not look like an 1899 bridge to me. Its a very odd bridge.