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Old County Road 127 Through Truss


Photo taken by Nate Ahrensfeld


BH Photo #177299


By the looks of it, none of the original deck exists. About half of the bridge has been "filled in" and some of the vertical beams go directly into the ground. I believe it would be safe to make the assumption that the area's major flood of 1978 filled it in and likely carried away the original deck.


Pratt through truss bridge over Stream on County Road 127
Olmsted County, Minnesota
Private Road
5 panel pin-connected Pratt through truss
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.19161, -92.50120   (decimal degrees)
44°11'30" N, 92°30'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/539861/4893275 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 46143 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Minnesota (1,649)
Olmsted County, Minnesota (39)
Open (40,968)
Owned privately (1,927)
Pratt through truss (6,049)
Pratt truss (10,286)
Through truss (16,737)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,371)
Truss (35,407)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2010: Updated by Nate Ahrensfeld: Added details
  • September 12, 2010: Added by Nate Ahrensfeld


  • Nate Ahrensfeld


Old County Road 127 Through Truss
Posted June 29, 2014, by CHAD ROBERSON (mrtazwrench [at] juno [dot] com)

Years ago I think I actually crossed this bridge. I was working with my BIL on a water line instillation at the property the bridge goes to. At the time I recall the property being owned by a Mayo Clinic Doctor.

Old County Road 127 Through Truss
Posted September 14, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yep I do live in Rochester, its good to know there are some people in my area that have the same interests as me. As for the bridge and that road when they built the hydroelectric dam upstream they flooded part of this road out so that is why this is now on a private dr. Matt also noted in the description either the flood of 1978 or early probably destroyed the original deck.

Old County Road 127 Bridge
Posted September 13, 2010, by Nate Ahrensfeld

Completely by chance. It is not posted in any of the NBI listings, and I therefore do not know a lot of the details about it or that it even existed before I saw it! I happened to turn down that road when I was driving around one night, and got a funny feeling that there might be a bridge there when the road started heading down into a valley. Even though the road is posted as being a dead end, it comes to a "Y" at the end - both possibilities being "private roads". As I was turning around, I noticed it hiding in the trees. Pure luck!

I've noticed that you have posted a few other bridges for Olmstead County, so I'm guessing you live either in Rochester or nearby. If you have some free time, go and check it out. While you're North of town, Take a look at "Frank's Ford Bridge" on 90th St. (posted as a dead end) and the green 2 span truss bridge on CR 7 in Wabasha county.

One other note: I didn't completely cross this bridge because it is a private road with a farm on the other side and I didn't want to disturb the owners.

Old County Road 127 Bridge
Posted September 12, 2010, by Benjamin Cole (mountainjam99 [at] gmail [dot] com)

nice add how did you find?