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Larson's Culvert
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Clearwater County, MN

Larson's Culvert

• Structure ID: NBI 113
• Location: River Mile 1335.2
• River Elevation: 1,404 Feet
• County: Clearwater
• Highway: Clearwater County Highway 2
• Daily Traffic Count: 430 (2003)
• Bridge Type: Concrete Box Culvert
• Bridge Length: 19 Feet, 8 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water: 6 Feet To Low Concrete
• Date Built: 1939
This box culvert was installed when County Highway 2 was rebuilt in 1939. The old alignment, which contained Larson's Bridge, was abandoned. Since this culvert replaced Larson's Bridge, it was only natural to call it Larson's Culvert. The old bridge was named after Robert Larson, the nearest property owner to the structure.

One can hardly tell that there is a bridge here or that they are crossing the Mississippi River. The only clue is a small green guide sign. This is a rather minimal treatment for such a mighty river. It was short-sighted to build such a small culvert because it interferes with canoe traffic. In addition to this culvert and the remains of Larson's Bridge, there are two other bridges over the Mississippi River within 1200 feet of either side of the road, both of which are privately owned bridges.

Larson's Culvert
The photo above is a view from the highway looking north across the structure. The photo below is a close view of the west portal of the culvert. The photo at the top of the page is a profile view of the County Highway 2 river crossing.

Larson's Culvert
Larson's Culvert
The photo above is the upriver entrance to the culvert. The photo below is a view of the river channel on the downriver side of the highway. The river channel is far better defined here than in the marshy areas near Lake Itasca.

Larson's Culvert

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