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Sulphur Lake Bridge
Minnesota River Railroad Crossing
Morton, MN

Sulphur Lake Bridge

• Structure ID: N/A.
• Location: River Mile 203.5.
• River Elevation: 815 Feet.
• Railroad: Minnesota Prairie Line.
• Daily Traffic Count: 1 Train Per Day (Estimated).
• Bridge Type: Wood Trestle.
• Length: ??? Feet.
• Width: 1 Track.
• Navigation Channel Width: Non-Navigable.
• Height Above Water: ??? Feet.
• Date Built: Opened July 3, 1884.
The Minnesota Valley Railroad Bridge consists of two structures, a steel truss bridge crossing the main Minnesota River channel, and this wood timber trestle crossing a backchannel known as Sulphur Lake. Sulphur Lake has never been navigable, so there is no need to provide a span to allows boats to pass the structure. I know very little about this bridge. The main channel bridge appears to date from the 1883/1884 era, however, I do not know if the Sulphur Lake Bridge dates to that time period, or if the trestle has been replaced one or more times since it was opened.

What is interesting about this location is that there are five bridges within a half-mile of each other, all with the goal of crossing the Minnesota River. Despite the common mission, we find 5 different bridge styles. We have a short but wide through truss, and long and narrow through truss bridge, a prestressed concrete bridge, a steel girder bridge, and this wooden trestle structure.

The photo above is a view of the upriver west face of the Sulphur Lake Bridge as seen from a vehicle crossing the nearby highway US-71 bridge over Sulphur Lake. The photo below is the same view of the railroad trestle, this time, looking west under the US-71 bridge over Sulphur Lake.


Sulphur Lake Bridge
Sulphur Lake Bridge
The photo above is a view of the upstream side of the Sulphur Lake Bridge as seen from the north bank of the Minnesota River. The photo below is a closer view of the channel crossing.

Sulphur Lake Bridge

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