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Billy Goat BridgeA classic black and white photo of Burnsville's wooden bridge.
Billy Goat BridgeAnother view of Burnsville's classic Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat BridgeBilly Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat BridgeAnother view of Burnsville's classic historic bridge.
Billy Goat BridgeAnother view of the classic Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat BridgeAnother view of Burnsville's classic Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge replica at Neil ParkNeill park, the Billy Goat bridge replica photo 2017 by M. P. Kelleher. From a 1991 memo.

October 15, 1991
Ed Kodet
Kodet Architectural Group Ltd 15 Groveland Terrace Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dear Ed,

As we discussed over the phone, the City would like to build a small footbridge in one of our parks that would resemble the historical landmark Billy Goat Bridge, which was torn down several years ago. Our concept is to have the basic support system for the footbridge made out of structural steel and then put on a facade of wood which would capture the essence of Billy Goat Bridge.

I have attached drawings showing what we are proposing. All the structural strength would come from the steel girders. The wooden post headers would be for appearance only. They would be attached to the bridge, but are not intended to be load bearing.

The bridge will be approximately 6 feet wide and would be for foot traffic only. It is not intended for use by cars or
motorcycles. A small utility cart would be the only vehicle which might go over it on a regular basis. Even that could be
eliminated if necessary or appropriate.

The City would like to have a structural engineer look at our design and determine if the structural elements, primarily the steel girders, are sufficient for our purposes. We are not looking for feedback on the aesthetic design, facade or non-load bearing elements.

I would appreciate it if you could have one of your structural engineers take a look at the design for us. If you have any questions or need some more information, please feel free to give me or Dave Grommesch, our landscape technician, a call.
Billy Goat BridgeAn early winter photo of Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge today2017 - a vehicle drives over the location of Billy Goat Bridge near Judicial Road and Burnsville Parkway.
Billy Goat BridgeLooking up at Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat BridgeAnother view of Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge declared deficient 1976January 1, 1976 Dakota County Tribune reports: The possibility exists that Billy Goat Bridge, located in Western Burnsville, may be replaced. The highway department has certified it to be deficient, but indicated funding does not exist for replacement of deficient bridges...
Billy Goat BridgeThe classic Billy Goat Bridge.
# J - Historic Map of Burnsville - Buck Hill - Burnhaven LibraryThis is one of the sites included on the historic map of Burnsville, created by the Dakota County Historical Society and displayed at the library - Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge - Bridging the old and the new 1979 (4 pages)(In 1987 Billy Goat Bridge would be removed) In 1979 the Burnsville Current tells the history of Burnsville's famous wooden bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge - Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory 1979Communities were invited to submit a listing of historic sites to the Minnesota Historical Society. This is the profile of Billy Goat Bridge prepared by the Burnsville Historical Society in 1979.
Billy Goat Bridge May be replaced 1976In 1987 Billy Goat Bridge would be removed, but in 1976 the Dakota County Tribune reports on the Burnsville City Council's discussions about the "historic" wooden bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge mapA profile and map showing the location of Billy Goat Bridge prepared by the Burnsville Historical Society in 1979.
Billy Goat Bridge, bridging the old and the new 1979September 26, 1979 Burnsville Current tells the story of Burnsville's popular landmark - Billy Goat Bridge which was located at
Judicial Road and Burnsville Parkway.
Billy Goat Bridge 2017August, 2017 cars drive on the site of the former Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge to be demolished this summer 1987Minneapolis Star Tribune April 23, 1987 reports: Burnsville's mushrooming development will result in the demolition this summer of the Billy Goat Bridge, a 78 year old wooden bridge that has become a historical institution in the city... It 's old, it's structurally deficient, said Charles Siggerud, the city's public works director...
Billy Goat Bridge will be replaced 1976Although in 1987 Billy Goat Bridge would be removed, in 1976 the Burnsville City Council began addressing the issue of the old historic bridge. In the December 23, 1976 Dakota County Tribune it is reported: A Burnsville request for $440,000 in state funds to replace Billy Goat Bridge is consistent with regional plans and goals the Metropolitan Council Physical Development Committee said December 16.

Burnsville has asked to replace the bridge with a structure that can handle the estimated 1985 traffic flow on Burnsville Crosstown of 10,000 vehicles per day.
Billy Goat BridgeThe railroad tracks below Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat Bridge today2017 - cars driving where Billy Goat Bridge was located, near Judicial Road and Burnsville Parkway.
Billy Goat BridgeA school bus on Billy Goat Bridge.
Billy Goat BridgePhoto from the 1970s, the Bridge remains unchanged.
Billy Goat BridgeBuilt around 1915 at junction of Judicial Road and Burnsville Parkway (modern name). Originally called McDermott's bridge. Later renamed for goats raised by Peter family who farm was in same location.
Artist drawing of Billy Goat BridgeArtist Barb Starner created a series of Burnsville historic sites for the 1988 Cornerstone Copy calendar.
City, railroad plan removes Billy Goat Bridge 1986February 3, 1986 the Burnsville Current Reports: The creaking of cars creeping over Billy Goat Bridge will be reduced to a memory in the next few months. The 70 year old wooden bridge will be removed and replaced with an at grave crossing where Burnsville Parkway and Judicial Road meet the Soo Line railroad track.
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