This 1914 bridge once carried automobile traffic across the river
in the small town of Sartell, MN. The bridge turned out to be in
an inconvenient location given the train tracks on the east side and
the paper mill located on both sides of the road. Trucks had to be
banned in the 1950s due to the weakness of the structure. The bridge
was converted into a pedestrian bridge in 1984, but that proved to
be awkward for the factory security, so the walkway was closed
shortly after that. Today, the bridge carries utility pipes.
This is one of the last of the small steel through truss bridges that remains
on the Mississippi River. Even if the bridge is no longer in use, one would
hope that it is preserved for historical purposes.
The photo above is a telephoto view of the center bridge span as seen from
the nearby Sartell Bridge. The photo below is a view from a riverside parking
lot located just upriver on the west side of the Mississippi.
These two photos are views of the Sartell City Bridge as seen from the new
Sartell Bridge located 800 feet downriver. The Champion Dam is located a
further 950 feet upriver from the City Bridge. The photo above is a view
looking slightly northeast, while the photo below is looking slightly
These two photos are views from the west river bank near the west abutment
of the bridge. The photo above is a view of the downriver face of the bridge.
The photo below is a view looking east down the length of the bridge deck
from the southeast corner of the bridge. There is no direct access to the
bridge. The pedestrian deck has been removed on the west end of the
structure, but water mains still cross the old bridge. Trees have grown
along the river, blocking any clear views of the structure from the west
river bank, while access to the east river bank is restricted by the paper