As a kid, I grew up in the house that now sits between Thompson Ravine Road and Highway 14 just off of North Victory Drive. I’ve been chronicling the development of that part of Mankato for many years.

In July, I described the Victory Drive renovation in the story, Mankato Memories — Ten Years Later — Victory Drive Renovation Photo Album. Chronologically, that story was the last of three.

In November, I talked about the Ivy Lane Subdivision. I described the original development and impact of the North Victory Drive renovation in the story, Mankato Memories — Ivy Lane Development Photo Album. Chronologically, that story was the first of three.

Finally, and second chronologically, here is the record of bridge construction over Thompson Ravine connecting old County Highway 3 and the existing Victory Drive.


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Bridge Construction

Photo by Rick Pepper - May 24, 2003 Looking north from the Madison East side of the ravine the bridge will span. These power lines will be a landmark in many of these photos, they run straight north-south across the ravine.

Photo by Rick Pepper – May 24, 2003 Looking north from the Madison East side of the ravine the bridge will span. These power lines will be a landmark in many of these photos, they run straight north-south across the ravine.

Photo by Rick Pepper - July 12, 2003 Looking north across the ravine, in the distance you can see Victory Drive.

Photo by Rick Pepper – July 12, 2003 Looking north across the ravine, in the distance you can see Victory Drive.

Photo by Rick Pepper - July 13, 2003 Looking south from the Good Counsel property which now hosts a solar farm. Again note the power lines.

Photo by Rick Pepper – July 13, 2003 Looking south from the Good Counsel property which now hosts a solar farm. Again, note the power lines.

Photo by Rick Pepper - August 21, 2003 Looking north, a crane protrudes from a landing that hosts a support pylon for the bridge.

Photo by Rick Pepper – August 21, 2003 Looking north, a crane protrudes from a landing that hosts a support pylon for the bridge.

Photo by Rick Pepper - August 21, 2003 Looking north across the ravine.

Photo by Rick Pepper – August 21, 2003 Looking north across the ravine.

Photo by Rick Pepper - August 21, 2003 Looking north across the ravine.

Photo by Rick Pepper – August 21, 2003 Looking north across the ravine.

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Rick Pepper
A life-long Mankato native Rick's current distraction of choice is photography. He especially enjoys event photography - capturing life's moments - and gets plenty of practice at his children's sporting events. He enjoys other media including live sound production and recording. He serves as a sound tech at his church.