Bridge No. 5721

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Bridge No. 5721
Bridge No. 5721.jpg
Bridge No. 5721 in its current location over Washington County Highway 15
Bridge No. 5721 is located in Minnesota
Bridge No. 5721
Location Stillwater Township, Minnesota
Coordinates 45°6′16″N 92°51′54″W / 45.10444°N 92.86500°W / 45.10444; -92.86500Coordinates: 45°6′16″N 92°51′54″W / 45.10444°N 92.86500°W / 45.10444; -92.86500
Area less than one acre
Built 1877
Architect Coons, E. W., Inc.; Minnesota Highway Department
Architectural style Camelback Through Truss
Governing body State
MPS Iron and Steel Bridges in Minnesota MPS
NRHP Reference # 98000717[1]
Added to NRHP July 13, 1998

Bridge No. 5721 is a historic Parker iron truss bridge on the Gateway State Trail in Stillwater Township, Minnesota, United States. It was built in 1877 before the adoption of steel construction for bridges, then refurbished and erected near Silverdale, Minnesota, in Koochiching County in 1937. It was relocated to its present site in 2011 and renamed Bridge No. 82524. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in engineering as a rare example of a wrought iron truss bridge with ornamental detailing.[2]

Names throughout the years[edit]

  • Minnesota Bridge No. 5721
  • Silverdale Bridge (to those that traveled Minnesota State Highway 65)
  • Zeleznikar Bridge (to those that lived in the area and knew the locals)
  • Little Fork River Bridge


It is a Parker iron truss bridge.[3] This wood-decked bridge was built in 1877 in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. In 1937 the 378-foot-long (115 m) wrought iron bridge was disassembled, transported and re-established at its initial location to allow then new Minnesota State Highway 65 to cross the Little Fork River in a very remote wilderness area just 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Silverdale, Minnesota.[3]

A new replacement bridge was constructed by the Robert R. Schroeder Construction Company of Glenwood, Minnesota, just downstream from Bridge 5721.[4]

A new beginning[edit]

The future is bright for this 130-year-old bridge. It will again be moved and used for horses, just like the day it was first erected.

The bridge was identified by Mn/DOT as an historic bridge, marked for preservation.[5] After a laser scanning survey, the bridge will be disassembled, transported, then reassembled over Manning Avenue as part of the Gateway Trail. Construction began in August 2009, with plans to complete the project within 2 years[6]


The site over Manning Avenue is being prepared for the historic bridge.
September 27, 2010
The site over Manning Avenue is being prepared for the historic bridge.
September 27, 2010
The site over Manning Avenue is being prepared for the historic bridge.
September 27, 2010

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Hess, Jeffrey A. (2011). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Bridge No. 5721" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
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