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Winona High Wagon Bridge


Winona High Wagon Bridge

Appears to be colorized post card. C&NW RR swing bridge in background

City of Winona Parks Dept.

View this photo at cityofwinona.com

BH Photo #410577



First road bridge over Mississippi River at Winona was a wrought iron and steel truss structure that featured several right-angle turns. This was OK in horse and wagon days, but proved not so good for automobiles. Collapse of a similar bridge at LaCrosse in 1935 when a car hit a girder, encouraged Winona to replace its bridge. The new bridge opened in 1942, which still serves today as half of a pair of one-way highway bridges. The old High Wagon Bridge was taken down immediately and recycled for the war effort.

(Note: Did not cross the state line. This bridge was entirely in Minnesota.)


Lost Through truss bridge over Mississippi River on MN 43
Winona, Winona County, Minnesota
Replaced by a new bridge and demolished
Opened July 4, 1892; tolls removed 1923; demolished 1942 and recycled for war effort
- Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.05696, -91.63700   (decimal degrees)
44°03'25" N, 91°38'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/609173/4879102 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Winona West
Inventory number
BH 79399 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 8, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 2, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 11, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Added categories "Mississippi River", "Wooden deck", "Curved"
  • November 10, 2017: Added by Roger Deschner

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