Dakota County Historical Society
To preserve, interpret and promote the history of Dakota County.

In 1865 a railroad trestle and swing bridge was built to Fort Snelling. The 520 foot long bridge featured a 250 foot swing span and carried the first Dakota County Railroad, the Minnesota Central. It also served the Minnesota Valley railroad.

Once across the river, there was also a half mile of wooden trestle arcing into the town of Mendota. The site of this crossing is located below the present day Mendota Bridge.

Visit one of these Dakota County Historic Sites