Truss Bridge #6527 Historical

Truss Bridge #6527 Historical (HM1WLD)

Location: Madelia, MN 56062 Watonwan County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 2.673', W 94° 25.895'

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This span bridge has been preserved because it is one of only a few span bridges still standing in Minnesota in 2000.

Before the days of bridges, Madelia boasted three fords across the Watonwan River. The first road through the county (the Old Army Trail) left town via the upper ford at the southwest corner of town in the vicinity of the West ford. The 1874 plat indicates a "crossing" at this site, but in 1885 the plat uses the word "bridge".

The original wooden bridge was condemned and a contract was awarded to the Atlas Bridge and Iron Company of Minneapolis. Specifications were for a 96 foot span bridge 16 feet wide on the inside with 3" oak plank flooring and cement backing. The "new" bridge was officially opened in 1908 and retired in 1990.
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Date Added Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 385309 N 4877817
Decimal Degrees44.04455000, -94.43158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 2.673', W 94° 25.895'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 2' 40.38" N, 94° 25' 53.7" W
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Area Code(s)507
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 116, Madelia MN 56062, US
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