Mn/DOT Bridge Number: Bridge No. L-2162
Bridge Type: Reinforced concrete arch
City/Township: Rose Dell Twp.
Crossing: Co. Rd. 51 over unnamed stream
Contractor: Perley N. Gillham
Year Built: ca. 1907
Overall Length: 64 feet
Overall Width: 18.6 feet
Adapted from the National Register of Historic Places nomination form prepared by Robert M. Frame III. Bridge No. L-2162 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
Summary of Historic Significance
Bridge No. L-2162 is a single-span, reinforced concrete, filled-spandrel, barrel-vaulted, low-rise, arch bridge with slightly flared wing-wall abutments. The bridge is historically significant as an excellent example of a regional, vernacular variation on the small, rural, early reinforced concrete bridge, particularly the variety of reinforced concrete arch bridge built by, or attributed to, Perley N. Gillham of Luverne, Minnesota. This bridge has additional significance as being one of the largest reinforced concrete arch bridges built in Minnesota during the state's first decade of concrete-bridge construction (1900-1910). The bridge has not been altered and the vulnerable end posts have not been damaged.