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Historic Bridges

Island Canal Bridge (Bridge L8789)

Island Canal Bridge (Bridge L8789)

Island Canal Bridge
See features of the bridge

History & significance

The Island Canal Bridge is a Bedstead pony truss bridge constructed in 1906. It carries a pedestrian/bicycle trail over the South Channel (Island Canal) in Saint Paul’s Phalen Park. Bridge L8789 is significant as an excellent example of a Bedstead truss, which is an uncommon bridge type in Minnesota, and for its association with the Saint Paul Foundry Company, an important Minnesota bridge manufacturer.


City of Saint Paul (Ramsey County)
Latitude, Longitude: 44.99042899, -93.05776990

Bridge features

Island Canal Bridge

Design and construction of a riveted Bedstead truss with ornamental, curved lower arch chords and decorative metal work. 

Island Canal Bridge
Urban park setting within Saint Paul’s Phalen Park.