Mystery Bridge 41: The Queenpost Truss Bridge Over Okabena Creek

Our next Mystery Bridge article takes us back to Jackson County, Minnesota, specifically along Okabena Creek. Flowing west from Heron Lake to Brewster and beyond in Nobles County, the creek was once laden with pony truss bridges, built between 1900 and 1910, some of which were relocated here in the 1930s. The Okabena Creek Bridge…
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What To Do With A Historic Bridge: The Monroe Bridge At The Jasper/Marion County Border In Iowa

text Author’s Note: This is Part II of the series on the two Skunk River Bridges in Jasper County, Iowa that are threatened with their own demise after being abandoned for some time. Part I dealt with the Red Bridge and can be seen here. This parts looks at the bridge’s southern neighbor, the Monroe…
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What To Do With A Historic Bridge: Red Bridge In Jasper County, Iowa

Author’s Note: This is a three-part series on two bridges, spanning the South Branch Skunk River in Jasper and Marion Counties in the state of Iowa, both located within two miles of each other. Unfortunately, they are BOTH in danger of being lost forever unless action is taken to save them. The first part is…
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Padlocked Bridges: The Incident At Pont Des Arts In Paris And The Issue Of Padlocks On Bridges

Lovelocks. Love locks the two together for eternity to come. And how to provide that but to attach a lock on a historic bridge and throw the key away into the river. The origin of lovelocks was from Serbia, where a school misstress fell in love with a World War I soldier and met often…
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What To Do With A Historic Bridge: Bridge 2628 In Jackson County, Minnesota

Jackson County is pursuing plans to replace the first concrete through girder bridge in the State of Minnesota. Public discussion on its future to be planned soon. Jackson County, Minnesota. Apart from my place of childhood, where I grew up and graduated, the county was once a place laden with historic places people like me…
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