3 votes

BNSF - Gassman Coulee Trestle


Looking west

Photo taken 1999 by Jason Smith

BH Photo #108035

Street View 


At tallest point, 117 feet high. In addition to freight, also carries Amtrak Empire Builder trains.


Steel girder trestle over the Gassman Coulee on the BNSF Railway, west of Minot
Ward County, North Dakota
Open to traffic
Built 1899, replacing an 1887 wooden trestle bridge that was destroyed by tornado in August 14, 1898.
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Deck plate girder
Total length: 1,792.0 ft.
Also called
Gassman Coulee Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+48.22978, -101.38616   (decimal degrees)
48°13'47" N, 101°23'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
14/322800/5344592 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Minot NW
Inventory number
BH 23726 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,386)
BNSF Railway (1,616)
Built 1899 (444)
Built during 1890s (3,360)
Deck girder (6,526)
Girder (11,547)
Have street view (30,136)
North Dakota (636)
Open (41,351)
Owned by railroad (13,976)
Plate girder (9,064)
Railroad (16,921)
Steel Trestle (153)
Tall Bridges (327)
Total length 1000-2500 feet (2,045)
Ward County, North Dakota (16)

Update Log 

  • March 6, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 14, 2017: New photos from Tom Phelan
  • December 27, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • May 24, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • May 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Great Northern Railway", "Amtrak"
  • May 15, 2013: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added date, length, and other history.
  • March 10, 2012: New photo from Craig Philpott
  • July 16, 2011: New Street View added by Bob Morgan
  • April 18, 2010: New photo from Nathan Morton
  • November 17, 2009: Updated by J Lance: Added coordinates
  • July 29, 2009: Updated by J Lance: Corrected name of bridge
  • July 18, 2009: Updated by J Lance: Corrected name of valley
  • December 7, 2005: Posted photos from Jason Smith


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  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • ND Historical Society bridge photos
  • Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Charles Kuehn
  • Tom Phelan - thomasp335 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Minot Viaduct
Posted September 9, 2007, by JO AKA BRIDGEFREAK

This is quite similar to the beam railraod bridge within several feet next to sandstone's deck pratt truss bridge. There isn't a girder on it, however it has a fascinating history!!! It was made with only rail on the deck to allow large loads of mined sandstone slabs to be hauled and is still used today though the trains crawl across it verrry sloowwly!! This is how sandstone,mn got it's name and beautiful qaurry and river scenery! Watch for pics!!!