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First Bismarck Railroad Bridge

Photos 

Photocopy From George S. Morison's The Bismark Bridge, 1883. North Web And East Portal Of Bridge

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #123080

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost through and deck truss bridge over the Missouri River carrying the Northern Pacific Railway in Bismarck
Location
Bismarck, Burleigh County, North Dakota, and Morton County, North Dakota
Status
Orginal Whipple truss spans replaced with through Warren truss spans, reusing the original piers
History
Built in 1882 under the direction of George Morison; superstructure replaced 1905
Builders
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
- George S. Morison of New Bedford, Massachusetts (Chief engineer)
Railroad
- Northern Pacific Railroad (NP)
Design
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.81789, -100.82699   (decimal degrees)
46°49'04" N, 100°49'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/360631/5186547 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bismarck
Inventory number
BH 37369 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Northern Pacific Railroad", "railroad"
  • March 10, 2012: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • September 7, 2008: Added by Kim Harvey

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