BHC Pic of the Week Nr. 177

Photo taken in December 2010

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The second of the birthday two-pack takes us to Ortonville, Minnesota and this unique Marsh arch bridge. The Old US Hwy. 12 Bridge is a classic example of a rainbow arch bridge made of concrete that was patented by James Marsh in 1914. His company plus the Minneapolis Bridge Company built this bridge in 1920 and used to carry the main highway until the 1990s, when it was bypassed and decommissioned. It was restored to its original glory in 2020 and is now a bike and ped crossing. It’s one of only five historic bridges that are a century old or older left along the Minnesota River. At the time of this pic in 2010 the river had twice as many bridges. The bridge is on the National Register.

More information on the bridge can be found here: http://bridgehunter.com/mn/big-stone/3398/

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