Stone Arch Bridge

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125 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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Africancrab Africanc…
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Civil Enginneering Landmark and the most gracefully Stone Arched Bridge Apr 22, 2011
From the Guthrie Theater the views of this historic Arch Bridge is like none other. The Bridge spans across the Mississippi river and was built to bridge the two cities and mainly used by the railroad. Beautifully built with 23 arches, it runs a little over 2100 ft long. The architect was James Hill of the Minneapolis Union Railway Company. The Bridge was recognized as a National Civil Engineering Landmark by the State.

In 1994 the state decided to convert the bridge to a pedestrian and bike way only, offering people the views that otherwise would be lost if seen while driving. Each of the arches spans 40-100 ft and is supported by pure granite piers. This is a worthwhile stop if you find yourself in the Twin cities. It was voted one of the most scenic places to take visitors while in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. There is something about power of nature's forces, and man's ability to tame nature. I have always found it fascinating to see man's will on display. The Arched Bridge of Minneapolis and many other landmarks world wide are great examples of what one man with a dream can accomplish. Let's applaud them by seeing what they put together; the human spirit.

When we visit places and take time to see the landmarks, understand the cultures and identify with the peoples of that community, we encourage, and applaud the Human Spirit!

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can accomplish today!
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Africancrab says:
No, these shots were taken from the terrace at Guthrie theater.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2011
Mark184 says:
That looks really cook, did you go across?
Posted on: Apr 27, 2011
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alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
244 reviews
Unique bridge over the Mississippi River Jan 04, 2006
The historic Stone Arch Bridge is built with granite and limetone blocks and spans the Mississippi River just downstream of St. Anthony Falls. The bridge was built for and used by the railroad and rail traffic ended there in 1965. Now it is used for pedestrians and bikers. The bridge is 2300 ft long and has 23 arches.

The bridge connects parts of the Heritage Trail that runs about 2 miles around the river and contains information signs on the history of the area. Historic mills surround the bridge, including a Pillsbury factory. The ruins of some mills can be seen on the west bank of the river.

Parking is available along the street at metered spots.
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Mill City Museum
Sign explaining history of milling
view downstream

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