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Como Park Footbridge


View ca. 1914

This historical photo shows the bridge in its prime, before a complete lack of care of this beautiful bridge allowed it to deteriorate.

Source: Vol 28, Contact Record and Engineering Review, 1914


BH Photo #202136

Street Views 

Statement of Significance 

Written by Nathan Holth

This bridge is an exceedingly rare example of a concrete arch bridge which is reinforced with solid, built-up beams, as opposed to rebar. This detail is generally found in the oldest of concrete arch bridges and all surviving examples should be assigned a high level of historic and technological significance as they represent the early development of reinforced concrete bridge construction. Despite its great significance, this bridge has been allowed to deteriorate to a very serious condition. The reinforcing is today clearly visible, and the balustrade railings have been lost.


Melan style open-spandrel arch bridge over Abandoned Light Railroad Line on Pedestrian Walkway
Ramsey County, Minnesota
Open to pedestrians only
- William S. Hewett & Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Twin City Rapid Transit Co. (TCRT; TCL)
"Melan" style built-up beam reinforced concrete open spandrel deck arch bridge.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.97841, -93.14614   (decimal degrees)
44°58'42" N, 93°08'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/488477/4980561 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Paul West
Inventory number
BH 48952 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 11, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 23, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 23, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • October 20, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • October 4, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Twin Cities Rapid Transportation Co."
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Twin City Rapid Transit Co.", "William S. Hewett & Co."
  • August 10, 2012: Photo imported by Luke Harden
  • June 20, 2011: Essay added by Nathan Holth



Como Park Footbridge
Posted August 27, 2015, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Rehab is nearing completion, and it is looking good. Based on what I've seen, the rehab retains a significant amount of historical integrity in the structure.

Como Park Footbridge
Posted June 8, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Rehab of this bridge is ongoing.


Como Park Footbridge
Posted December 11, 2012, by Nathan Holth

It appears their may be some good news for this bridge as a restoration is being discussed: http://www.twincities.com/stpaul/ci_22170117/como-park-bridg...

Como Park Footbridge
Posted June 20, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I was extremely disturbed to discover what appears to be among the oldest and most significant concrete arch bridges in Minnesota to be in a severe state of deterioration. I added some Flickr photos to the Sources list that show the deterioration as the Melan or Melan style reinforcing, which is the detail that gives this bridge high significance.