Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Split Rock Bridge (Bridge 5744)

Split Rock Bridge (Bridge 5744)

Split Rock Bridge
See features of the bridge

History & significance

The Split Rock Bridge is a stone arch bridge that carries County Road 54 over Split Rock Creek, approximately 1 mile south of Ihlen in Pipestone County. It was constructed as a Works Progress Administration project in 1938. The Split Rock Bridge is significant for its high artistic value as an outstanding example of an ornamental park bridge and as the largest stone-arch span of any active highway bridge in Minnesota.

Location

Eden Township (Pipestone County)
Latitude, Longitude: 43.89192053, -96.36724588

Bridge features

Split Rock Bridge

Design and construction of a single-span masonry arch bridge by the WPA.

Split Rock Bridge
Overall aesthetics of the masonry stone arch and wingwalls as revealed through the use of local Sioux Quartzite laid in a random-ashlar pattern, a defined arch ring, and stepped wingwalls.