This bridge is part of a rail spur built to service the Tioga
Iron Mine near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The mine has since closed
down, but the rail line still services a plywood factory. The bridge
was built by the Great Northern Railway, which became part of the BNSF
following the merger in 1970.
The drawing in Mary Costello's book (Climbing The Mississippi River Bridge
By Bridge, Volume 2) shows a wooden trestle on the west end of this
railroad bridge. That section appears to have been replaced by a
steel girder bridge featuring piers that are capped with concrete.
This rebuild would have happened between the 2000 date on Costello's
drawing and fall of 2007 when these two photos were taken.
The photo above is a view of the bridge from the northeast. The east end
of the bridge is obscured by trees as the river makes a bend. This photo
was taken from the park at the Pokegama Dam.
The photo above is a view of the bridge from a parking lot located on the
north side of US-2. The BNSF mainline is located on the far side of the
highway. The track that crosses the bridge branches off of the mainline
about one-half mile to the west of this location. The bridge has a steel
girder section with steel piers on the right side, a steel girder section
with wood piers in the middle, and a trestle section on the left side. The
photo below is a view of the north face of the bridge. The center span has
the large wooden guard structures protecting the piers.
The photo above is the trestle section located at the east end of
the structure. The photo below is looking west down the walkway on
the south side of the bridge.
The photo above is a view of the upriver face of the bridge. The photo
below is the bridge deck as seen from the center of the railroad track.
Both views are looking west. The river flows to the right in these photos.