3 votes

CP - Medford Rail Bridge


Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #177890



warren pony truss bridge over Straight River on Abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway
Medford, Steele County, Minnesota
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1931
- Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad (ICE)
Riveted Warren pony truss bridge
Span length: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 140.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.17730, -93.24698   (decimal degrees)
44°10'38" N, 93°14'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/480257/4891594 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Medford East
Inventory number
BH 46218 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 3, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 5, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 20, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "railroad", "Riveted"
  • September 18, 2010: Added by Jason Smith

Related Bridges 



Milwaukee Road Straight River Bridge
Posted May 4, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

This bridge was built after 1918. A valuation chart says in 1918 it was a Through Truss. Another chart says rails here are from 1941. Maybe the date is 1941?

Medford Railroad Bridge
Posted August 18, 2011, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

No, this bridge was part of the Milwaukee Road I&M sub. The Rock Island bridge is used by UP, and is just east of this one. I have corrected this bridge to the best of my understanding, and will watch for future updates.

Medford Railroad Bridge
Posted September 18, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Made me do a double take as I thought this was a through truss.

Medford Railroad Bridge
Posted September 18, 2010, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

This bridge was part of the passenger line which ran from Minneapolis/ St. Paul to Des Moines via Albert Lea. This is the same line which had the Rock Island Swing Bridge at Inver Grove Heights (now reduced to two approach spans to be preserved). While this line was abandoned in 1980, this bridge remained in place.