DWP Trail - Kingbury Creek Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge over Kingbury Creek
West Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota

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Name DWP Trail - Kingbury Creek Bridge
Built By Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By St. Louis County
Length 45 Feet Total
Width 1 Track, 2 Trail Lanes
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Type Stone Arch
Date Built 1911
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a "Trail")
Current Status Rails To Trails
In 1911, the Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railroad charted a line from Duluth to Virginia to reach the large deposits of high grade iron ore.

The line was officially completed in 1912, and was linked with Canadian Northern Railway, which linked in from Winnipeg.

Leaving Duluth, the line would approximately parallel the existing Northern Pacific Tracks as it climbed the hills out of Duluth.
One feature is the tunnel under Ely's Peak. North of I-35, the rail line heads due north through very rural sections of the Iron Range until reaching Forbes, where it has a connection with a current DM&IR line.
Upon reaching Virginia, it continued north towards Winnipeg.

The lines were officially consolidated into Canadian National Railway in 1923 following the nationalization of Canada's Railroads.

Throughout the years that followed. the DW&P was an important connection into the Midwest States.

In 2011, the CN Merged the DW&P into another subsidiary of theirs, Wisconsin Central Ltd.
Today, much of the DWP is still active north of Duluth as Canadian Nationals Rainey Subdivision.
South of I-35, the tracks are an unofficial hiking trail in the bluffs leading into Duluth, and is locally known as the DW&P Trail. One caution is the lack of maintnance and the toll its taken on the undecked rail bridges, some of which are over 100 feet above the vallies.

This bridge is a well built stone arch over Kingbury Creek, and is much newer than a normal stone arch.

Kingbury Creek is like many other creeks draining into Lake Superior. It goes downhill rapidly through twists and turns between stone bluffs.

As a result, bridgehunting this bridge is extremely dangerous in the winter. The creek drops nearly 50 feet around this bridge.

The bridge lies directly behind the Lake Superior Zoo.
The photo above is an overview.

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