Old Bridge in Reads Landing

March 30, 2009

“Highway Explorer” comes through again….this time with pics of an old iron bridge in Reads Landing in Wabasha County. This bridge is at the west end of 202nd Street, just north of modern U.S. 61. It is now used as a private entrance.

Although it was once part of the Wabasha Military Road, this bridge was never used by U.S. 61. The old military road passed through Reads Landing on its way to Camp Lacupolis, where it ascended out of the river valley and then followed modern County Roads 10 and 4 towards Lake City. The road was eventually moved to a new alignment that bypassed Reads Landing entirely.

The current alignment of U.S. 61 along the lake wasn’t constructed until 1930.

Looking west towards the gate that now blocks access to the bridge.

Looking west towards the gate that now blocks access to the bridge.

Looking northwest at the bridge's iron structure.

Looking northwest at the bridge's iron structure.

Dedication plaque for the bridge, showing its construction date as 1909.

Dedication plaque for the bridge, showing its construction date as 1906.

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