CN County 426 Bridge

I-Beam Bridge over County 426 and ELS Railroad
Wells, Delta County, Michigan

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Name CN County 426 Bridge
Built By Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 57 Feet Total, 40 Foot Largest Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 15 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type I-Beam
Substructure Type Stone Masonry and Steel Pile
Date Built Ca. 1950
Traffic Count 10 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
CN Bridge Number 276
Significance Local Significance
In 1887, the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie and Atlantic Railway continued a line from Rhinelander, Wisconsin 126 miles east to Gladstone, Michigan.

This line was another expansion to the growing mainline from far Western North Dakota, through Minnesota and Wisconsin. The line would see an expansion the following year from Gladstone to Sault Ste. Marie.

This line became the base of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway, which would acquire it in late 1888.

The route was renamed the Lake States Transportation Division, which consisted of mainlines between Minneapolis and Chicago, as well as Sault Ste. Marie.
This route was sold to the Wisconsin Central Ltd in 1987.

Canadian National purchased the Wisconsin Central in 2001, and continues to operate this line. Today, the line between Pembine and North Escanaba is known as the Pembine Subdivision, while from North Escanaba to Sault Ste. Marie is known as the Manistique Subdivision.

This standard I-Beam Bridge crosses County Road 426 and the Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad in Wells.
Built in approximately 1950, the bridge has a standard two span I-Beam design.
The bridge sits on stone abutments, and has a steel stringer center pier. It appears to be in good condition.
It has been ranked as having local significance due to the extremely common design, however it is a rather old span.

The photo above is an overview. It lies next to the Wells Rail Bridge


Source Type


Build Date Estimated based on similar structures
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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