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Loring Park Bridge

Loring Park Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 3, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Loring Pond
Minneapolis: Hennepin County, Minnesota: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

The bridge's lightweight truss composition of angles and double-Warren configurations is reminiscent of a variety of trusses that were marketed in the early 20th Century as an alternative to heavier (and more expensive) trusses of more traditional design. An example is the Powers Highway Bridge. However, the bridge has some unique details that are unlike those bridges. First, the overall truss has an extreme camber, or curved shape to it, which is followed by the deck as well. This gives the bridge a somewhat arched shape. Also, the ends of the bridge feature a curved design, where the top chord smoothly transitions into a vertical end post. At the ends of the trusses, there is a section of plate with patterns of holes in it that form decorative flower-like shapes. Aside from the addition of an unsightly cyclone fence, this bridge appears to retain good integrity. It rests on stone abutments. It is not known when it was built, or who built it. It is however a rather unique bridge.

A historical photo of Loring Pond below is listed as an 1889 photo. It is difficult to see but a bridge that looks suspiciously like this one is visible. If so, this bridge dates to 1889 or earlier. Loring Park dates to 1883, so the bridge is probably not older than that. However even an 1889 construction date would be much older than expected for a bridge of this style. 


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