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Rice River Bridge


Portal view of bridge as seen from the south

The bridge is being moved to serve as a temporary bypass until UCEB is completed.

Photo courtesy of Don Simonson and www.cookmn.com

BH Photo #169477


Street View 


This bridge was replaced one year before the earliest available NBI records, so no data is available on it, but this was a single-span Parker through truss with riveted connections. It was built in 1931 to carry the new highway across the river. This bridge had a 22-foot deck width, V-lacing on its vertical members, and a two-tone black and silver paint scheme. Of the three truss bridges that once existed on this major highway between Cook and Angora, only this one was a through truss. This bridge added beauty and interest to this section of highway, which is located in a scenic setting. The replacement is a typical UCEB that has no distinguishing features whatsoever. Yuk!


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Rice River on US Hwy. 53
St. Louis County, Minnesota
Built 1931
Parker through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.80925, -92.67441   (decimal degrees)
47°48'33" N, 92°40'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/524376/5295150 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44819 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1931 (952)
Built during 1930s (11,928)
Have street view (27,721)
Lost (26,398)
Lost 1990 (190)
Lost during 1990s (4,062)
Minnesota (1,618)
Owned by state (16,238)
Parker through truss (1,342)
Parker truss (1,729)
St. Louis County, Minnesota (140)
Through truss (15,737)
Truss (33,898)

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Changed description to show actual build date
  • July 25, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated construction date
  • July 9, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • July 9, 2010: New photo from Matthew Lohry
  • April 10, 2010: Added by Matthew Lohry