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Lower Glen Bridge #2

   


Lower Glen Bridge #2

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Minnehaha Creek
Location
Minneapolis: Hennepin County, Minnesota
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1939 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1994
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
56 Feet (17.1 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.3 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is one of several stone faced concrete arch bridges in Minnehaha Park. This bridge appears to retain good historic integrity with no major alterations. Looking under the bridge, it can be seen that the stones are supported by a piece of steel (angle perhaps?) that helps hold the stone in place. This is, aside from the concrete visible under the bridge, clear evidence of the decorative nature of the stones, where there is no structural compression holding them together as would be the case in a functional stone arch structure. Therefore, the steel was needed to help hold them in place. In the United States, stone faced concrete arch bridges were commonly built in parks during the 1930s, often in association with federal depression era relief funds.

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