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Rail To Trail Bridge In Bemidji
Mississippi River Trail Crossing
Bemidji, MN

Rail To Trail Bridge In Bemidji

• Location: River Mile 1284.4
• River Elevation: 1,339 Feet
• County: Beltrami
• Bridge Type: Wood Trestle
• Bridge Length: 209 Feet, 28 Foot Longest Span
• Bridge Width: 20 Feet
• Height Above Water: 11 Feet
• Date Built: 1910
This railroad bridge was built in 1910 by the Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Sault Ste Marie Railroad, better known as the Soo Line. The bridge was originally longer, but two spans were replaced with fill in 1929. The bridge was upgraded in 1931 with new piles being installed. The bridge was rebuilt again in 1963. It was abandoned by the Soo Line in 1990.

This old bridge was slated to be removed in the early 2000s, but that never happened. Rather, it was fitted with a new deck and side railings, and is now used as part of a recreational trail. This is the northernmost of several rail to trail bridge conversions that cross the great river.

Rail To Trail Bridge In Bemidji
The photo above is a view from the northwest corner of the bridge. The photo below is a view of the bridge from the northeast. The barricade marks the spot where a rail line once landed after having branched off of the bridge in mid-span. The photo at the top of the page is a view looking north across the bridge from the south end of the structure.

Rail To Trail Bridge In Bemidji

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