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BNSF Bridge — Bemidji
Mississippi River Railroad Crossing
Bemidji, MN

BNSF Bridge In Bemidji

• Location: River Mile 1284.5
• River Elevation: 1,339 Feet
• County: Beltrami
• Railroad: BNSF Railroad
• Daily Traffic Count: 8 Trains Per Day (Estimated)
• Bridge Type: Steel Girder
• Bridge Length: 196 Feet Overall, 30 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 12 Feet, Single Track
• Height Above Water: 8 Feet
• Date Built: September 25, 1898.
This railroad bridge was built in 1898 by the Great Northern Railroad. It was rebuilt in 1952 by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The bridge passed on to Burlington Northern ownership in the 1971 merger, and is now owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Based on the shiny bare metal on the surface of the rails, the bridge appears to be frequently used.

There were a total of four railroad bridges built across the Mississippi River in Bemidji. The river cuts across a small isthmus of land that connects east and west Bemidji, and separates Lake Irving from Lake Bemidji. The bridges built by the Minneapolis, Red Lake, and Manitoba and the Minnesota and International have both been removed. The Soo Line bridge, now owned by the Canadian Pacific, is currently being used as a hiking trail.

The photo above is a view of the side of the BNSF bridge as seen from the shore of the river near Lake Irving. The Soo Line, Nymore, and Highway 197 bridges are visible in the background behind the railroad bridge. The photo below is a view looking northeast down the length of the bridge. The Bemidji railroad depot is located on the far side of the river.

BNSF Bridge In Bemidji
BNSF Bridge In Bemidji
The photo above is a view of the railroad bridge from the nearby Soo Line railroad bridge. The photo below is a view of the BNSF bridge from ground level on the east side of the river.

BNSF Bridge In Bemidji

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