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Apple Road Bridge

   


Apple Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 2, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Apple Road (Old Alignment) Over Little Cottonwood River (Old Alignment)
Location
Rural: Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Structure Type
Concrete Rainbow Through Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1911 By Builder/Contractor: Marsh Engineering Company of Des Moines, Iowa

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
60 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
19.2 Feet (5.8 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View The National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For This Historic Bridge

This bridge is the oldest known rainbow arch bridge in Minnesota. It is a specific variety of rainbow arch known as the Marsh arch, where the arch reinforcement is solid, built-up beams, similar to those found in Melan arch bridges. This Marsh arch was built by the the Marsh Engineering Company, which was the company that built Marsh arch bridges under the patent awarded to inventor James Marsh. This particular bridge is abandoned in every sense of the word. Not only has it been bypassed by a new bridge, the river it crosses has itself been realigned, so that this bridge just crosses dry land today. This abandoned bridge has deteriorated. While not good for preservation, the deterioration has exposed the reinforcing, allowing visitors to see how this bridge has solid reinforcing for the arch superstructure. It should be noted that the railings on the bridge use more traditional reinforcing rods for reinforcement.

The plaque for this bridge has been stolen, but the National Register Nomination contained a description of it as outlined below.

Main Plaque

DESIGNED AND BUILT 1911
BY
MARSH ENGINEERING CO.
DES MOINES, IOWA
FOR
BLUE EARTH CO. MINN.
ALEC. HANSEN. CO. COMMISSIONER
CHAIRMAN
CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP.

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