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BNSF - Snowden Bridge


Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #119672



Vertical-lift through truss bridge over the Missouri River on the BNSF Railroad
Richland County, Montana, and Roosevelt County, Montana
Open to railroad traffic
Built 1914; retrofitted to also allow vehicular toll traffic in 1925
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- J.A.L. Waddell of Port Hope, Canada
- Union Bridge & Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
Parker through truss
Also called
Nohly Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.99967, -104.09572   (decimal degrees)
47°59'59" N, 104°05'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/567455/5316658 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37051 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 14, 2017: New photos from Tom Phelan
  • December 4, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • October 4, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 28, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 3, 2008: Added by James Baughn


  • HAER MT-27 - Snowden Bridge, Spanning Missouri River, Nohly vicinity, Richland County, MT
  • Mark Frazier - mfrazier404 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Douglas Butler
  • Tom Phelan - thomasp335 [at] aol [dot] com


Snowden Bridge
Posted August 19, 2009, by Ingvar Vik (ijvik [at] msn [dot] com)

I lived less than 1/2 mile from the bridge from 1931 to 1936 .I was born in 1931, I remember the last time the bridge was raised. I was only 4 or 5 years old. This was in 1935 or 1936. My sister, cousin and I are the only ones still living that witnessed it being raised. I can still remember the sound of that 3 cylinder engine. My cousin and I explored the engine house a lot of times and even climbed the south tower once when we were teen agers.