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Old Blackberry Bridge (Removed)
Mississippi River Highway Crossing
Near Blackberry, MN

Old Blackberry Bridge (Removed)

• Location: River Mile 1172.4
• River Elevation: 1,241 Feet
• County: Itasca
• Highway: Old Bridge Road
• Bridge Type: Unknown
• Bridge Length:
• Bridge Width: 2 Lanes
• Height Above Water:
• Date Built: 1927
When a true bridge fan sees a sign for “Old Bridge Road,” the urge to explore is irresistible. In this case, Old Bridge Road leads to the location of the old Blackberry Bridge. This 1927 bridge had three steel spans. The 1978 replacement bridge was built on a different road alignment. As a result, the road on the west side of the river simply dead ends near the water, while the site on the east side of the river is now the location for several very nice rural houses.

The photo above is looking north across the river from the near the end of the road that once crossed the old bridge. The photo below is the same view from just beyond the end of the road. The power lines still cross the river at this location. The new highway crosses the river about 1,900 feet upriver off the left side of the photograph. That road continues east and passed just beyond the houses in the photo below.

Old Blackberry Bridge (Removed)
Old Blackberry Bridge (Removed)
The photo above is a view looking south up the river embankment from the water level at the location where the bridge abutment was located. The photo below is the guide sign for the road leading to the bridge site.

Old Blackberry Bridge (Removed)

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