Swing Bridge Park Trailhead-Inver Grove Heights-Minnesota — Neaton Adventures

This morning’s hiking adventure began at the Swing Bridge Park Trailhead. I began by taking in the view from the Rock Island Swing Bridge that was built in 1894. The bridge no longer extends across the Mississippi River as it is now a recreational pier. Further away from the shore, the frozen river began to […]

Swing Bridge Park Trailhead-Inver Grove Heights-Minnesota — Neaton Adventures

Many of us have heard about the story of the Inver Grove Heights Double-Decker Bridge that used to span the Mississippi River at the Washington and Dakota County border. The bridge was unique in its kind, as you can see in the info provided by bridgehunter.com by clicking here. Yet when a 200-foot Vierendeel truss segment on the Washington County side collapsed and the bridge was subsequentially demolished, many people feared that it was a tragedy because of its history. Still, there was a little glimmer of hope and parts of the bridge were salvaged. Here’s a look at the park that is dedicated to the bridge, as you can see in the link above. As a hint: I visited the park in 2011 and was amazed at all the efforts made to save a piece of history. This is one place a person with a love for historic bridges and Minnesota history should see. 🙂

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