Montevideo Rail Bridge (East)

Through Plate Girder Bridge over Chippewa River
Montevideo, Chippewa County, Minnesota

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Name Montevideo Rail Bridge (East)
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway
Contractor Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company of Milwaukee
Currently Owned By Twin Cities & Western Railroad
Length 110 Feet Total, 55 Foot Spans
Width 2 Tracks, 1 In Use
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1904, Erected 1913
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
MILW Bridge Number O-234
Significance Local Significance
A brief history of the Milwaukee Road route from Minneapolis to the Missouri River:


This two span through girder bridge crosses a channel of the Chippewa River in Montevideo.
Erected in 1913, this bridge uses at least one part of a girder fabricated in 1904. When constructed, the new bridge bypassed the older alignment located just south of this bridge.
Further research is being conducted on this bridge, although it is believed that this was a double track structure built at an unknown location and moved here in 1913.
Currently, the bridge features a pair of through girder spans on concrete substructures. These substructures are dated with a 1913 stamp. The southern track, which has been removed since after 1980, has a 1904 plaque on it. The northern track has a plaque from the same fabricator, without a date.
Another possibility is that the 1904 spans were reused from the downstream bridge, and a second track was added in 1913. This would be structurally possible, and could possibly explain the lack of a date on the north track plaque.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition. The substructures remain in excellent condition, while the superstructure shows some sign of age.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge is located near the former Milwaukee Road roundhouse.


Source Type


Build Date Date Stamp
Fabrication Date Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Contractor Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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