Historic Name: Split Rock Bridge
Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. 5744
Bridge Type: Masonry arch
City/Township: Eden Twp.
Crossing: Co. Rd. 54 over Split Rock Creek
Engineer: Elmer Keeler, Pipestone County Highway Department
Contractor: Albert G. Plagens, New Ulm, Minnesota
Year Built: 1937-1938
Span Length: 50 feet
Length of Arch Barrel: 28 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Jeffrey A. Hess. The Split Rock Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Summary of Historic Significance
The Split Rock Bridge is a single-span stone-arch highway bridge that carries County Road 54 over Split Rock Creek. Surviving in unaltered condition, the bridge forms part of the western boundary of the Split Rock Creek State Recreational Reserve. The Split Rock Bridge is historically significant as an outstanding example of an ornamental park bridge, achieving its aesthetic effect through the purity of its form and the beauty of its random-ashlar masonry. In addition, the bridge displays the largest stone-arch span of any active highway bridge in the state. Split Rock Bridge. The bridge survives in unaltered condition.