This bridge was originally built to carry a railroad line for the Northern Pacific Railway over MN-36. However, in more recent history the railroad line and this bridge were later converted to serve a rail-trail, with the railroad line being removed. This bridge was not the oldest freeway overpass, but with a 1954 construction date it was fairly old and old enough to have aesthetic details that would not be found on younger bridges. As originally designed, the bridge was a steel stringer bridge with the outermost fascia beam encased in concrete for decorative purposes to make the bridge look like an all-concrete bridge. Decorative pillars were part of the abutment design. Ornamental steel railings were originally present on the bridge, although these had been removed and replaced with cyclone fencing when HistoricBridges.org documented the bridge in 2013, a seemingly minor change but one that greatly hurt the aesthetic qualities of the bridge. When HistoricBridges.org documented this bridge in spring of 2013, a replacement bridge had begun construction. The historic bridge was demolished later in the year. The replacement bridge appears to have been built to provide a longer span, presumably to allow for the widening of MN-36. With the replacement of this bridge with a pedestrian bridge, there is no longer any evidence that a railroad line once crossed at this location.
Click on a thumbnail or gallery name below to visit that particular photo gallery. If videos are available, click on a video name to view and/or download that particular video.
Original / Full Size Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. For the best visual immersion and full detail, or for use as a desktop background, this gallery presents the photos for this bridge in the original digital camera resolution.|
Mobile Optimized Gallery
|A collection of overview and detail photos. View the photos for this bridge in a reduced size which is useful for mobile/smartphone users, modem
(dial-up) users, or those who do not wish to wait for the longer
download times of the full-size photos. Alternatively, view this photo gallery using a popup slideshow viewer (great for mobile users) by clicking the link below.
Browse Gallery With Popup Viewer
© Copyright 2003-2017, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.