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Smith Avenue High Bridge (Old)


View To Northwest, Showing Reconstructed Span No. 1 On Left

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #153165


Lost deck truss bridge over Mississippi River and Canadian Pacific Railway on MN 149 at St. Paul
St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1887-89, five spans damaged by tornado in 1904, rebuilt in 1905, one northern span rehabilitated in 1933-34, closed to traffic in 1984, replaced in 1985
- Horace E. Horton of Rochester, Minnesota (designing engineer)
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wrought iron Warren deck truss
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 2,770.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Deck width: 24.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.93389, -93.10545   (decimal degrees)
44°56'02" N, 93°06'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/491679/4975611 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul East
Inventory number
BH 43928 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2021: New photos from Dave King
  • November 11, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • September 27, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • January 23, 2010: Added by Jason Smith

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