Beadle Park Rail Bridge (E)

Deck Girder Bridge over Big Sioux River
Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

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Name Beadle Park Rail Bridge (E)
Built By Great Northern Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 530 Feet Total, 70 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Girder and Precast T-Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1924, Approach Rebuilt 2006
Traffic Count 1 Train/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
Significance Local Significance
In 1888, the Great Northern Railway began building a branch from their mainline at Garretson, South Dakota towards Sioux Falls.

The line terminated in Sioux Falls until 1893, when the Great Northern Railway continued its expansion towards Yankton, South Dakota; where it met the Chicago & North Western.

The line effectively served as a mainline between the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior and Sioux Falls, when connected with its connections.

By 1970, the Great Northern merged with rival Northern Pacific and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy to form Burlington Northern Railway.

By the mid-1970s, the trans-Minnesota saw a significant drop in traffic. Along with cutting significant portions of the line in Minnesota, Burlington Northern also took out Yankton to Sioux Falls in 1981.

In 1996, the Burlington Northern merged with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to form BNSF Railway, the current operators of the line from Garretson to Sioux Falls, now the Corson Subdivision.

This bridge is a rather basic crossing of the Big Sioux River, and one of the least interesting bridges in Sioux Falls.
It consists of 8 Deck Girder spans, with one concrete slab precast span added in 2006 to replace a shorter deck girder span.
The substructures are alternating concrete and stone piers, with concrete abutments. The stone piers are from a former truss bridge.
Overall, the bridge remains in prime condition, despite not carrying a large amount of regular traffic.

The author has ranked the bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can easily be accessed from nearby trails.

Big Sioux River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Riverdale Park Trail Bridge
Downstream Beadle Park Rail Bridge (W)/td>


Source Type


Main Spans Build Date Date Stamp
Approach Spans Build Date Manufacturer Tag
Contractor American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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