UP Shanaska Creek Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge over Shanaska Creek
Kasota, Le Sueur County, Minnesota

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Name UP Shanaska Creek Bridge
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Omaha Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 20 Feet
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet
Type Stone Arch
Date Built 1896
Traffic Count 8 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 74.63
In 1865, the Minnesota Valley Railroad Company built a line from St. Paul to Mankato. This line quickly became part of the Chicago, Milwaukee & Omaha Railroad.

The CM&O was primarely purchased by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway in 1882, although the CM&O name stuck for quite a while.

Starting in 1899, this line was heavily rebuilt south of Shakopee. It opened officially in 1902.

The C&NW continued to operate this as a mainline until 1995, when they were purchased by Union Pacific Railroad.
Union Pacific still operates this as a mainline called the Mankato Subdivision

This large stone arch is hard to access. Its very large, and there are steep grades going down to it.

I accessed it by permission from a local landowner.

The bridge itself is in good condition, although scouring is a problem on the south wall.

The photo above is an overview.

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