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NPR - Red River of the North Bridge

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SOO - Red River Bridge

Oslo MN

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

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BH Photo #289996

Map 

Street View 

Description 

Jas. J. Hill (the "Empire Builder") insisted that the Red River was navigable as the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie RR "Soo Line", built west from Thief River Falls thru Oslo in 1905, necessitating a drawbridge. Draw was last opened for river traffic in 1923. *ref: Saga of the Soo, West from Shoreham by John A. Gjevre

Facts 

Overview
Warren through truss bridge over Red River of the North on Northern Plains Railroad
Location
Oslo, Marshall County, Minnesota, and Walsh County, North Dakota
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1905, Approaches Replaced 2011-2013
Railroads
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Northern Plains Railroad
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Design
Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 235.0 ft.
Total length: 580.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.19379, -97.14136   (decimal degrees)
48°11'38" N, 97°08'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/638123/5339510 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Oslo
Inventory number
BH 57366 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2020: New photos from John Marvig
  • March 26, 2020: Updated by Martin Johnson: Bridge build date corrected from 1912 to 1905. ref. Saga of the Soo, West from Shoreham by John A. Gjevre - also I have a RPPC of bridge in 1907, MAJ
  • December 19, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • April 5, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information, Approaches were replaced
  • July 31, 2014: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • July 26, 2013: Added by John Marvig

Sources 

  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Martin Johnson