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Property Name Long Meadow Bridge
Reference Number 13000324
State Minnesota
County Hennepin
Town Bloomington
Street Address Old Cedar Avenue at Minnesota River (Long Meadow Lake)
Multiple Property Submission Name Iron and Steel Bridges in Minnesota, 1873-1945
Status Listed 5/28/2013
Areas of Significance
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The Long Meadow Bridge was constructed in 1920 using the Camelback through truss system, a variant of the Pratt truss system. It possesses significance under National Register of Historic Places Criterion Cat the state level in the area of Engineering. Built to span the wide overflow of the Minnesota River, the Long Meadow Bridge required the placement of five through trusses to meet this engineering challenge. When constructed, it was the longest steel highway bridge with concrete flooring in the state; today it remains as the state's longest Pratt through truss bridge, and is one of only five bridges using a Camelback through truss system considered historic. 4 The Long Meadow Bridge meets the registration requirements of the Multiple Property Documentation Form for the statewide context of Iron and Steel Bridges in Minnesota. Specifically, it is a bridge that exhibits exceptional engineering skill to meet unusual site conditions. The bridge's period of significance is 1920, the date it was completed.


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