TC&W Carver Creek Bridge

Deck Girder Bridge over Carver Creek
Near Cologne, Carver County, Minnesota

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Name TC&W Carver Creek Bridge
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Twin Cities & Western Railroad
Length 172 Feet Total, 50 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track, Substructures Built for 2
Height Above Ground 35 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder and Concrete Arch
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1913
Traffic Count 3 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
MILW Bridge Number O-492
Significance Moderately Significant
A brief history of the Milwaukee Road route from Minneapolis to the Missouri River:


Similar to several other bridges, this large girder bridge features equally impressive concrete approach spans.
Originally, the bridge was built in 1913 as a part of the double tracking project for the route. However, the main spans would later be removed and likely recycled at another location.
The westbound track was taken up in 1934. However, it is likely that the two spans used for the westbound track were relocated to a new location, where they may stand today.
Along with the two deck girder spans, the bridge features large concrete arch spans on either side. This design was a favorite of the Milwaukee Road during their extensive building during the early 1900s.
The main pier is also unique, constructed of concrete with large arches.
Overall, the bridge remains in good condition. It was recently stabilized by pouring concrete at the base of the piers.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the lack of historic bridges in Carver County.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Double tracking of line
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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