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Eastwood Park Bridge


View of both false arches

Photo taken by J Lance on July 17, 2009


BH Photo #143388

Street Views 

A truly unusual design 

Written by J Lance

The Eastwood Park Bridge was built in 1927 and spans the Mouse (Souris) River in Minot, North Dakota. At first glance, the bridge appears to be a rainbow arch bridge. Upon closer inspection, it is actually an open spandrel deck arch bridge with a cantilevered main (center) span and an ornamental pony arch balustrade. The pony arch span rests upon the deck of the bridge, which rests upon the cantilevered arms on the underside of the bridge. This design was necessitated by a requirement by Ward County for the span to be an arch bridge. The county feared violating the patent for the Marsh arch bridge, so T.W. Sprague was hired to create an alternative design with the look of the fashionable Marsh arch bridge but the function of a deck arch bridge. The result is the only "false arch" bridge in the state of North Dakota. An attempt was made to raze the bridge in the mid-1970s but outrage by locals led to a restoration and listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This is a highly unusual bridge with a fascinating history.


False arch bridge over Old Mouse River channel on 6th Street in Minot
Minot, Ward County, North Dakota
Open to pedestrians
Built 1927 by the Dakota Concrete Company; rehabilitated 1946 and 1977
- Dakota Concrete Co.
This bridge is known as a "false arch" bridge. At first it appears to be a Marsh pony arch bridge, but is actually a cantilevered open spandrel deck arch bridge. The arch is ornamental and not functional.
Length of largest span: 65.0 ft.
Total length: 144.3 ft.
Deck width: 40.3 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 1975
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.23610, -101.28457   (decimal degrees)
48°14'10" N, 101°17'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/330365/5345065 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 75001307 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 43064 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 28, 2021: New photos from Josh Schmid
  • November 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 12, 2012: Updated by J Lance: Added category "False Arch"
  • April 19, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • November 17, 2009: Updated by J Lance: Added coordinates
  • July 24, 2009: Essay added by J Lance
  • July 23, 2009: Added by J Lance



Eastwood Park Bridge
Posted July 24, 2009, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is definitely a unique bridge. I know that I have never seen one like this.