This bridge is one of several stone faced concrete arch bridges in Minnehaha Park. It is one of the nicest looking ones with a full arch shape. The bridge is located where Minnehaha Creek originally emptied into a channel of the Mississippi River that today no longer carries water, but is a distinctive valley that is wider than the narrow gorge that Minnehaha Creek flows through west of this bridge. This bridge appears to retain good historic integrity. Looking under the bridge, it can be seen that all but the stones near the spring line 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. The stones near the spring line are more vertically stacked on top of one another and hold each other, but the stones near the crown are more or less beside each other and in a decorative format, there is no 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.
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