The railroad reached North Dakota after crossing the Red River in 1871. The city of Fargo was charted along the west bank of the Red River, near where the route crossed the river.
The route continued through Valley City and Jamestown, reaching Bismarck in 1873. The railroad would continue west in the early 1880s.
The route became very important for Northern Pacific. Portions of the line later became double tracked. Inevitably, this route became part of a transcontinental corridor, reaching the Pacific Ocean.
Ownership did not change until 1970, when Northern Pacific merged with rival Great Northern and partner Chicago, Burlington & Quincy to form Burlington Northern.
BN continued operating this route as a mainline, in conjunction with several thousand miles of other track.
By 1996, BN had become successful enough to merge with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railway to form BNSF Railway.
BNSF is the current operator of the route, naming it the Jamestown Subdivision.
This bridge is one of a pair in Fargo/Moorhead which cross the Red River of the North (Red River).
The bridge was originally built in 1924 to replace a former through truss swing bridge. This bridge was built with through girder spans and trestle.
To be built as a double tracked bridge, the old piers had to be widened. This was achieved by adding concrete parapets to the swing pier.
With the two main spans being through girders, they are supported by massive concrete piers.
The approaches to this bridge were rebuilt between 2009 and 2013, with a typical modular concrete box girder design.
The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.
|Upstream||Confluence of Otter Tail and Boix De Sioux Rivers|
|Downstream||Memorial Park Rail Bridge|