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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