Historic Name:Hanover Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. 92366
Bridge Type: Pratt through truss
City/Township: Hanover (Wright) and Hassan Twp. (Hennepin)
Crossing: Crow River between Hanover (Wright) and Hassen Twp. (Hennepin)
Contractor: Morse Bridge Company, Youngstown, Ohio
Year Built: 1885
Overall Length: 231 feet
Overall Width: 15.5 feet
Adapted from National Register of Historic Places nomination and information provided by Mary Coons of the Hanover Historical Society. The Hanover Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Summary of Historic Significance
The Hanover Bridge is a single lane, single-span, pin-connected Pratt through truss of metal construction with a timber floor. It is a well preserved example of a bridge type once common in the region. It serves the community as a pedestrian bridge today.
The bridge carried traffic until December 1966. Due to its weight limit, anyone growing up in Hanover during that time remembers how the school bus would stop at one end, let the students off to walk across the bridge, then slowly creep across to pick them up at the opposite end before continuing on its way. Vehicular traffic which formerly passed over the bridge now passes over a concrete bridge 1500 feet to the west.