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UP - Hobo Camp Trestles


Overview (WB)

Photo taken by Jason Smith


BH Photo #213647


Street View 


The Hobo Camp Railroad consisted of two wooden trestle bridges that served the railroad going through Fairmont. One line used to be the Milwaukee Railroad which came in from the west (Worthington and Jackson) and continued eastward to Blue Earth and Albert Lea respectively. The other was the Chicago and Northwestern Line which came down from Brookings and Walnut Grove and then continued onto Winnebago and Mankato. The westbound bridge has been decommissioned for some time, while the eastbound line is still being operated by UP and CP Railroad and serves traffic regularily. The name Hobo Camp came from a nearby camp which had existed from the 1920s to the 1950s and was the site of hobos, tramps, squatters, homeless and those who were looking for work wherever possible. These people would stop at the site of the bridges and camp out until the time came for them to catch the train and move to where the jobs were located. For many, the people of the City of Fairmont provided them with a job so that they could make ends meet and start a new life. The site was an excellent place for fishing and drinking water, among some of the things that it was useful for. A memorial has been placed at the site between the bridges commemorating the site where the unfortunate ones met. One can access the area via walkway from the nearby Sylvania Park


Timber trestle bridges over Strait between George and Sisseton Lakes on UP Railroad
Fairmont, Martin County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Eastbound railroad out of service; westbound railroad in use as single lane traffic
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Timber trestle (both spans)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.65819, -94.47101   (decimal degrees)
43°39'29" N, 94°28'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/381387/4834961 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 49590 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (15,915)
Continuous (2,510)
Fairmont, Minnesota (3)
Have street view (27,123)
Martin County, Minnesota (17)
Minnesota (1,533)
Open (40,040)
Owned by railroad (12,586)
Railroad (15,650)
Timber stringer (4,071)
Union Pacific Railroad (2,377)

Update Log 

  • November 25, 2013: New Street View added by J.P.
  • September 12, 2011: Added by Jason Smith


  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com