Line currently only serves a rock quarry. It ends just east of the quarry. It was abandoned from the quarry to St. Peter in 1971.
Yes, its a shame that this bridge was encased like that.
I got to the west end by a walk over the bridge, which was a little frightening.
Indeed...a very nice set of photos!
It's a shame they didn't tuck-point the beautiful cut stone instead of encasing it in concrete.
The John Marvig photo set below is a very good collection and worth a look.
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Yes, this is a really cool bridge. If it is ever abandoned, it should and likley will become a trail. I think it should be on the National Register of Historic Places.
There is no way this bridge isn't 1880. The new line was built 1899, and if this bridge needed to be replaced, the line would have just been abandoned. Also, this bridge does appear to be in excellent condition, and did not look to be welded shut upon closer inspection from me on 11-12-11. It had bolts, but those could easily be removed, with some sort of tool.
No one has really commented on this bridge but if the swing span really was built in 1880 (and based on its unique details I don't doubt it) than this is one of the most historically and technologically significant railroad bridges in the country. It is only a year newer than one of the oldest highway swing bridges in the country: http://www.historicbridges.org/truss/57th/