The MN-232 bridge at Palisade is another of the 13 concrete girder road
bridges located in the Brainerd to Grand Rapids stretch of the mighty
Mississippi. This example features two concrete piers. The piers have
a rounded and curving shape, which gives the bridge just a little
This bridge replaced a 1927 bridge that was built in Grand Rapids and
moved to this site in 1952. That bridge was a three span pony truss
Palisade is located in a 50 mile section of the river that is more or
less uninhabited. The Great River Road is unpaved in this area. Any economic
activity that was ever in this region was related to the timber industry
of a century ago. Palisade is host to a large RV park. If you want to
get away from it all, this would be a great place to go. At least
You may have noticed the brown color of the river. The brown is caused
by manganese, a metal that occurs naturally in this area. This is as
far north as I have found the manganese. It can be found as far south as
MN-371, where he Crow Wing River merges into the Mississippi, diluting the
water enough where it returns to its blue color.
The photo above is a view of the bridge looking upriver from the west
The photo above is a view looking east down the length of the traffic deck.
The photo below is looking east along the south face of the bridge from the
southwest corner of the structure. The brown water color is very apparent in
The photo above is looking north from the east end of the bridge, a view that
includes the bridge plate. The photo below is looking upstream towards the
Palisade Bridge from the nearby Soo Line Railroad Bridge, which has been
converted into a rails-to-trails bridge.
These two photos are early autumn views of the south face of the highway
MN-232 bridge over the Mississippi River at Palisade as seen from the west
shore of the river. The photo above is an overview shot, while the photo
below is a closer view of the main river span.