Vermillion River Trail Bridge

Deck Girder Trestle over Vermillion River
Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota

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Name Vermillion River Trail Bridge
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway
Contractor American Bridge Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By City of Hastings
Length 140 Feet Total, 65 Foot Main Span
Width 2 Tracks
Height Above Ground 95 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Steel Tower and Stone Masonry
Date Built 1896
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
MILW Bridge Number O-2
Significance Moderate Significance
Documentation Date May 2014 (Photos #1-#9), March 2019 (Photos #10-#27)
A brief history of the Milwaukee Road route from Minneapolis to the Missouri River:


This bridge is the third one constructed here, with the first two being of wooden design.
The first was a rickety wooden pony truss, on high timber piers, while the second was a covered wooden deck truss.
Built in 1896, a trio of deck girders are set onto steel substructures with stone abutments. These girders are slightly wider set than normal,
The bridge crosses the gorge some 80 feet above the water. Overall, it appears to be in fair condition.

The author has ranked the bridge as being moderately significant, due to the unique design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Bridge History Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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