Hanover Bridge

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Hanover Bridge
Hanover Bridge.jpg
Hanover Bridge over the Crow River
Hanover Bridge is located in Minnesota
Hanover Bridge
Hanover Bridge is located in the United States
Hanover Bridge
LocationOff County Highway 19 over the Crow River, Hanover, Minnesota
Coordinates45°9′12″N 93°39′43″W / 45.15333°N 93.66194°W / 45.15333; -93.66194Coordinates: 45°9′12″N 93°39′43″W / 45.15333°N 93.66194°W / 45.15333; -93.66194
AreaLess than one acre
Built byMorse Bridge Company
Architectural stylePratt truss bridge
MPSWright County MRA
NRHP reference #79001268[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 11, 1979

The Hanover Bridge is a historic metal pin-connected Pratt through truss bridge spanning the Crow River between Hanover and Rogers, Minnesota, United States, on the border of Wright and Hennepin Counties. It is the second-oldest Pratt truss bridge remaining in Minnesota.[2] The Hanover Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for having local significance in the themes of engineering and transportation.[3] It was nominated as a well-preserved example of a bridge type once common in Wright County.[4]


The Hanover Bridge was built in 1885 by the Morse Bridge Company of Youngstown, Ohio. The company later changed its name to the Youngstown Bridge Company, and merged into the American Bridge Company in 1900.[5] The Hanover Bridge is 231 feet (70 m) long, with a 15.1-foot-wide (4.6 m) roadbed and a 13.5-foot (4.1 m) vertical clearance. Its wooden deck was replaced in 1965 in a style similar to the original.[4]

Weight limitations[edit]

The bridge carried traffic until December 1966, although its weight limit was rather low. Children riding school buses to school would have to get off on one side and walk across the bridge, and then the bus would slowly drive across and pick up the students on the other side.[6]

Although the bridge was later replaced by a modern concrete structure 1,500 feet (460 m) to the west, the old bridge is in use as a pedestrian bridge. Hanover citizens renovated the bridge in the 1980s. Additional rehabilitation work was completed in 2004.[5]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Hanover Bridge (Bridge 92366)". Historic Bridges. Minnesota Department of Transportation. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  3. ^ "Hanover Bridge". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  4. ^ a b Hackett, John J. (April 1978). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Hanover Bridge". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
  5. ^ a b Gardner, Denis P. (2008). Wood, Concrete, Stone, and Steel: Minnesota's Historic Bridges. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 52–53, 182. ISBN 978-0-8166-4666-1.
  6. ^ "Minnesota's Historic Bridges - Hanover Bridge". Minnesota Historical Society. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-31.

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