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Lower Glen Bridge #1
Minnehaha Creek Footbridge Crossing
Minneapolis, MN

Lower Glen Bridge #1

• Structure ID: NBI 93828.
• Location: 0.75 Miles Downstream Of Falls.
• River Elevation: 687 Feet.
• Structure Type: Pedestrian Bridge.
• Construction: Timber Girder.
• Length: 60 Feet.
• Width: 7 Feet.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: 1978.
The Minnehaha Creek flows into the Mississippi River just downstream of Lock & Dam #1 (Ford Dam) in Minneapolis. The section of the creek between Minnehaha Falls and the Mississippi River is known as the Lower Glen. It is an old Mississippi River channel that was abandoned, and later filled in to hide the rocks and cliffs. There is a modern trail on the north side of the creek, and a more primitive trail on the south side of the creek, making for a relatively easy hike through the glen from the falls to the mouth of the Minnehaha Creek.

Bridge #1 is a timber girder bridge with a slight arch shape, and features a wooden deck and wooden railings. It is very typical of the series of timber girder bridges that were installed further upstream over the creek in 1978, however, this bridge has wooden railings whereas most of the other footbridges of this era had metal railings. This bridge replaced an earlier bridge that was located 70 feet upstream.

The photo above is looking upstream from the mouth of the Minnehaha Creek towards the east face of the #1 bridge.

Lower Glen Bridge #1
The photo above is a downstream view of the #1 bridge as seen from the south bank of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is looking northeast down the length of the bridge deck. The Mississippi River is in the background.

Lower Glen Bridge #1
Lower Glen Bridge #1
The photo above is a view of the confluence point of the Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River. The #1 bridge is on the left over the Minnehaha Creek channel. The photo below is looking downstream towards the west face of the #1 bridge.

Lower Glen Bridge #1

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