I use Google Earth to plan out my future adventures. I scoped out this rail-to-trail project north of Mankato, in my favorite Minnesota River Valley. I saw this heavily wooded area where the railroad had crossed this creek valley and thought this to be a potentially hidden steel through-truss or wooden trestle converted to trail. Imagine my disappointment when I rounded the bend and found this!
Fortunately, I spotted this 140-year-old gem of a masonry stone culvert, which helped me forget the disappointment of the bridge I came to see!
"Train fan 1" has once again come to my rescue and offered insight to the history of this culvert and the rail lines that lead to it's creation and abandonment.
Thank you John!
That's quite the history behind this beautiful little culvert. If you're ever out and about in this area, you'll have to climb down the steep banks or through the heavy brush to enjoy the weathered stone and heavy, dark green moss. If you take a close look, you'll notice that the bottom of this culvert is also carefully paved with this masonry stone.
I now have a new reference for local, historic bridges. John Weeks, BridgeHunter and "Train fan 1".
Thanks again, John!
The Zion Evanagelical is amazing, and the high school in its retro glory built like a luxury mantlepiece. Thanks for the thorough explanation.
Note the asymetric end posts used to accomidate the skewed placement of this bridge. Both approaches of this bridge share this odd configuration of a vertical end post on the right and a diagonal end post on the left.
There it is. Thank you John!
Between "11" and "12" near the Blue Earth and Le Sueur County line labled as Bridge #335, 20' x 92' Stone Arch.
I'll have to keep that link handy.