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Pink Bridge
Historic Sidi Nsir Road Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Fort Ripley, MN

Pink Bridge

• Structure ID: N/A
• Location: River Mile 984.0
• River Elevation: 1,140 Feet
• Counties: Crow Wing, Morrison
• Highway: Sidi Nsir Road
• Daily Traffic Count: 0 (Bridge No Longer Exists)
• Bridge Type: Wood And Iron Truss
• Bridge Length: 360 Feet (Estimated)
• Bridge Width: 1 Lane
• Height Above Water: 12 Feet (Estimated)
• Date Opened: Opened 1902 Using An 1884 Structure
The Pink Bridge was given its name by local residents due to the bridge having been painted pink at some point during its life. The Pink Bridge was originally built in Little Falls, where it crossed the Mississippi River when it was completed in 1884. It was disassembled and move to the small railroad village of Fort Ripley in 1902. The bridge replaced a ferry boat that was started by the US Government in 1849 to as a means of access to the Fort Ripley military camp on the west side of the river. The Pink Bridge remained in operation until the spring of 1947, when high water and an ice jam destroyed the bridge. A ferry went back into operation, and was noted on maps until as late as 1972.

I have not yet found a photo of the old Pink Bridge. I have read reports that it was a wooden structure with iron supports. Since it was built before the age of the automobile, it likely was a one lane wagon bridge. Aerial photos available from Google Earth suggest that the bridge would have been about 360 feet long. Today, only the western abutment remains. The eastern abutment and any mid-channel piers have since been removed. The western abutment is currently used to anchor a large power transmission line. That area is part of the Camp Ripley Military Reservation, so access is limited. The east side has been developed into a boat landing. It also has a marker to commemorate the history of old Fort Ripley, which was located on the west side of the river in the mid-1800s.

The photo above is the western abutment of the former river bridge. The photo below is a view of the river crossing location as seen from the riverside park on the east side of the river.

Pink Bridge
Pink Bridge
The photo above is a view looking west towards the river down the road to the former location of the east abutment of the bridge. This road is now a private driveway. The photo below is a view of the road that leads to the riverfront park and boat landing that is maintained by the MN State DNR.

Pink Bridge
Pink Bridge
These two photos are the same scene from early summer of 2009. The photo above is a view of the west bridge abutment. The photo below is a closer view of the Pink Bridge remains.

Pink Bridge

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