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Soo Line - Blanchard Crossing

Photos 

Photo taken by Jason Smith

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BH Photo #214005

Map 

Description 

The Soo Line Bridge was built in 1909 when the railroad company wanted to build a line from Brooten in west central Minnesota (SW of Sauk Centre) to Duluth/Superior to carry farming and shipping goods. The line was discontinued in 1990 and the bridge was put out of service in 1993. However, an initiative to convert the bridge and railline into a bike trail started in 2005 when the state purchased the right of way and converted the bridge into pedestrian use. The bridge and line were both open to bike traffic in May 2007 and the trail now connects Albany (near St. Cloud) and Duluth/Superior).

Facts 

Overview
Warren deck truss bridge over Mississippi River on Soo Line Bike Trail at Blanchard Dam
Location
Royalton, Morrison County, Minnesota
Status
Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
Rails to trails
History
Built in 1909 as part of the line from Brooten to Duluth; railline discontinued in 1993; rehabilitated for recreational use in 2006; reopened as a bike trail in 2007
Railroad
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
Design
Warren deck truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 103.0 ft.
Total length: 605.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.86042, -94.35902   (decimal degrees)
45°51'37" N, 94°21'32" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/394503/5079436 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Royalton
Inventory number
BH 47583 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 27, 2012: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • September 19, 2011: New photos from Jason Smith
  • February 1, 2011: New photos from John Marvig
  • January 8, 2011: Added by Jason Smith

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