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E&NA - Saint Croix-Vanceboro Railroad Bridge (1887)


Old B&W Postcard

Photo at left shows US Customs officers on bridge in February, 1915. White "X" shows location of dynamite charged placed by German operative Werner Horn, who appears at right with Washington County Deputy Sheriff George W. Ross after arrest.

Photo taken by Patrick Toth

BH Photo #250960


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Saint Croix River on European & North American Railway
Vanceboro, Washington County, Maine
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1887 by Passaic Rolling Mill Co. to replace a timber span built in 1871; damaged by German saboteur in February, 1915; replaced 1972-1973
- Passaic Rolling Mill Co. of Paterson, New Jersey
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- European & North American Railway (E&NA)
- Maine Central Railroad (MEC)
Pin-connected, 7-panel Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.56398, -67.42779   (decimal degrees)
45°33'50" N, 67°25'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/622691/5046806 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52352 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 22, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 23, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added truss type, categories, & fixed build & lost dates
  • April 12, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 22, 2016: New photo from Luke
  • July 20, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • November 14, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "European & North American Railway"
  • May 3, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks



E&NA - Saint Croix-Vanceboro Railroad Bridge (1871)
Posted March 23, 2022, by Paul Plassman

It looks like 1881 to me....but this article says it was built in 1887 to replace the original 1871 crossing and was replaced in 1973.


Saint Croix-Vanceboro Railroad Bridge (Old)
Posted November 10, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The pictured bridge says 1887. Am I missing something?

E&NA - Saint Croix-Vanceboro Bridge
Posted July 21, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


Just one of many stories on the internet about this bridge and the "Bomber" Werner Horn. You have to read down a ways to get to the bridge.