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Lake Winona Bridge


Lake Winona Bridge

Photo from old postcard


BH Photo #510761


Lost Stone arch bridge over Gilmore Creek on Mankato Avenue
Winona, Winona County, Minnesota
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1893
- Thomas H. Botham of Winona, Minnesota
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.03642, -91.62145   (decimal degrees)
44°02'11" N, 91°37'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/610456/4876842 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94844 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,231)
Arch (12,776)
Built 1893 (254)
Built during 1890s (3,329)
Deck arch (12,000)
Lost (30,600)
Minnesota (1,664)
Owned by county (21,822)
Replaced by new bridge (20,825)
Stone arch (3,328)
Thomas H. Botham (1)
Winona County, Minnesota (31)
Winona, Minnesota (11)

Update Log 

  • January 7, 2022: Updated by Dave King: Added builder & date built per comment
  • January 6, 2022: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • October 27, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs


  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Chester Gehman - gehmanc2000 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com


Lake Winona Bridge
Posted January 19, 2022, by Alex T. Dettman (a_dettman [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thank you very much for this information, greatly appreciated!

Lake Winona Bridge
Posted January 7, 2022, by Susan C Allen (scwallen1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I saw a post about this bridge on The Bridgehunter's Chronicles and the additional information you were seeking. I found some additional information in the newspaper archives, including:

The contract for construction of the Mankato Avenue bridge over Gilmore Creek (at the location you indicated based on the 1894 Sanborn map from LOC archives) was awarded to Thos. H. Botham for $1,470 (Winona Daily Republican, Dec 24, 1892, p. 5). City Engineer was Fred Pickles. It was completed in 1893. Flooding was a problem as early as 1897 and in 1904, the outlet from Lake Winona was deepened "at the lower end of the lake, under the stone arch bridge on Mankato avenue and down beyond there for many hundred feet (Winona Republican-Herald, Jun 28, 1904, p.8). In 1936, the city approved rerouting the junction of Mankato Avenue and No. 61, which would cut off the stone arch bridge from the line of travel. The project for the new approach began in 1938 with plans to extend the culverts from an existing culvert to extend under the new highway. Further, "The old stone arch bridge will be wrecked, and the culverts, topped by a five-inch roadway of concrete, will carry traffic" (Winona Republican Herald, Mar 8, 1938, p.1). I could not locate an actual date of demolition, but a photograph in the 1948 newspaper shows the new construction between the lake and the outlet on Gilmore Creek. No indication of the stone quarry was located, but an advertisement from the newspaper indicated two stone quarries in Winona during the years of construction, Biesanz,and Stockton Bluff Quarries. Stockton Bluff advertised bridge building.