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Kalispell Old Steel Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #117849


Lost through truss bridge over Flathead River on CR 091 (Holt Stage Road)
Flathead County, Montana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1894; replaced 2009
- Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
One 11-panel Pratt through truss (220 ft.)
Two 7-panel Pratt through trusses (each 144 ft.)
Length of largest span: 220.2 ft.
Total length: 505.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.5 ft.
Also called
Holt Stage Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.21061, -114.25727   (decimal degrees)
48°12'38" N, 114°15'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/703752/5343346 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2009)
Inventory number
BH 23024 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 99 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 14, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builder
  • November 23, 2011: Updated by James Baughn: It appears this bridge was replaced
  • July 22, 2008: New photos from James Baughn


  • HAER MT-21 - Old Steel Bridge, Spanning Flathead River on Steel Bridge Road, Kalispell vicinity, Flathead County, MT
  • Luke
  • Geoff Hubbs


Kalispell Old Steel Bridge
Posted April 24, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is a news piece about the bridge's repurposing - its better than being scrapped. If anyone needs parts for a restoration, especially tension members, they may want to contact the artist before he repurposes them:


Kalispell Old Steel Bridge
Posted April 11, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Well, apparently at least one span still exists, but not for long:


Kalispell Old Steel Bridge
Posted November 24, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunate loss of what may have been the longest remaining Pratt through truss.

Kalispell Old Steel Bridge
Posted December 23, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The main span of this bridge is quite massive with it's 20 foot panels. Comparing it with the regular sized Pratt spans it almost looks like a through truss with 2 pony approaches.