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BNSF - Little Falls Bridge S (1990)


Behind the trees

Photo taken by Jason Smith in December 2010


BH Photo #191777

Street View 


The 1990 bridge is the fourth bridge built at this site. Records indicated that the first crossing consisted of a ferry, which was in operation from 1868 until the Northern Pacific Railroad bought the property rights and constructed the first railroad bridge (consisting of a wooden trestle design) in 1877. It was then followed with a multiple span wooden through truss bridge and a steel plate girder trestle (construction date unknown the truss, 1899 for the steel bridge). Today, the bridge is still in service for as many as 50 trains use this crossing per day while serving the line between Minneapolis/St. Paul (and points going south and east) and Fargo/Moorhead (and points going north and west).


Concrete tee beam bridge over Mississippi River on BNSF Railroad
Little Falls, Morrison County, Minnesota
Open to traffic
Built 1990
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Burlington Northern Railroad (BN)
Concrete tee beam
Length of largest span: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 566.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.96993, -94.36960   (decimal degrees)
45°58'12" N, 94°22'11" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/393891/5091618 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Little Falls East
Inventory number
BH 47576 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 10, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 20, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Ballasted Deck"
  • November 27, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "railroad"
  • January 8, 2011: Added by Jason Smith

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