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BNSF - Missouri River High Bridge


Elevated Oblique View

Photo taken by Mike Jensen in Fall 2008


BH Photo #179972


Street Views 


BNSF Railroad has announced plans to replace and demolish this bridge, in a plan expected to take several years for permits and construction.

Bridge named to National Trust for Historic Preservation's "11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019".


Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Missouri River on BNSF Railway
Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota, and Morton County, North Dakota
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Built 1905, reusing the piers from an 1882 bridge
- Ralph Modjeski of Bochnia, Poland (Chief Engineer)
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 400.0 ft.
Total length: 1,525.0 ft.
Also called
Missouri River High Bridge
Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.81801, -100.82682   (decimal degrees)
46°49'05" N, 100°49'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/360645/5186560 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44455 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2019: Updated by Roger Deschner: Listed by National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • October 24, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Updated replacement plans, added new media article
  • May 20, 2017: New photos from John Marvig
  • April 6, 2017: Updated by Luke: Doomed (Possibly)
  • March 17, 2017: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 25, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • August 25, 2016: New photo from Ethan Akerly
  • December 4, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 27, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • April 1, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Ralph Modjeski as Chief Engineer and approximate span length.
  • March 27, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added approach designs
  • March 12, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • March 10, 2012: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • September 28, 2010: New photo from Nathan Holth
  • March 14, 2010: Added by James Baughn

Related Bridges 



BNSF - Missouri River High Bridge
Posted May 30, 2019, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

National Trust for Historic Preservation has named this bridge on its "11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2019". You can see the list, a photo of the bridge, and a link to a petition to save the bridge, at https://savingplaces.org/stories/11-most-endangered-historic...

This is a great honor for those working to preserve this landmark bridge, as they continue to fight to save it.

BNSF - Missouri River High Bridge
Posted December 5, 2017, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Some optimistic news regarding the future of this bridge:


A petition has been created to save the bridge:


Bismarck Railroad Bridge
Posted May 6, 2010, by Mike Jensen (mikejensen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

picture I took in the fall of 2008.