Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Frank's Ford Bridge (Bridge L6322)

Frank's Ford Bridge (Bridge L6322)

Frank's Ford Bridge
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History & significance

Frank's Ford Bridge consists of a steel, pin-connected, Pratt through truss main span with three approach spans. It is located in rural Olmsted County downstream from the city of Oronoco. The bridge was designed and constructed in 1895 by Horace E. Horton and the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company to carry County Road 121 over the South Fork of the Zumbro River, but has since been closed to traffic. The bridge is significant for its association with an important bridge builder Horace E. Horton and as an early representative example of a Pratt through truss in Minnesota.

Location

City of Oronoco (Olmsted County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.12965850, -92.46257815

Bridge features

Frank's Ford Bridge

Design and construction of a single-span, pin-connected, steel Pratt through truss, an early example of the type in the state and constructed by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, notably Horace Horton who was an important Minnesota bridge builder.

Frank's Ford Bridge
Steel structural members represent the early use of steel in bridge construction in Minnesota.