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Feil Bridge
Mississippi River Bridge (Private)
Clearwater County, MN

Feil Bridge

• Location: River Mile 1335.4
• River Elevation: 1,411 Feet
• County: Clearwater
• Highway: Private Driveway
• Structure Type: Wood Beam
• Bridge Length: 22 Feet Overall, 12 Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 12 Feet, 1 Lane
• Height Above Water: 6 Feet
• Date Built: 1981
One of two private bridges near Clearwater County Highway 2. This one is on a driveway leading to the Francis and Janice Feil farm. This bridge was built in 1981, replacing a 1920 span, which replaced an 1890's span.

The bridge has a very simple construction. Timber piles were pounded into the ground on each side of the river. Planks were placed between the piles to keep the approach fill from falling into the river. Beams were then set on the piles crossing the river. Planks were laid crossways on the beams. Smaller timbers were laid on the edge of the bridge and spiked into the planks to keep the planks from moving.

The photo above is a view of the bridge looking to the west towards the Feil homestead.

Feil Bridge
These two photos are looking east across the bridge from the west bank of the Mississippi River. The river is in an oxbow at this location. The current is flowing south, which is to the right side of the photo.

Feil Bridge
Feil Bridge
These two photos are looking west across the bridge. The photo above is a view from the southeast corner of the structure, while the photo below is from the the northeast corner of the structure.

Feil Bridge

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