Palisade Trail Bridge

Warren Through Truss Bridge over Mississippi River
Palisade, Aitkin County, Minnesota

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Name Palisade Trail Bridge
Built By Minnepolis, St. Paul & Saulte Ste. Marie Railroad
Contractor Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company of Minneapolis
Currently Owned By Minnesota DNR
Length 360 Feet Total, 105 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track, 2 Trail Lanes
Height Above Ground 30 Feet (Estimated)
Type Warren Through Truss and Deck Girder
Date Built 1910
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
In 1910, the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway continued to expand their Minnesota empire by building from Moose Lake, Minnesota (at the junction of a newly build line) to Plummer, a distance of 193 miles.

Throughout the first decade of the 20th Centry, the MStP&SsM (Soo Line) built numerous lines, criss crossing Minnesota to compete with the Northern Pacific and Great Northern.
This line was no exception, connecting Moose Lake to Bemidji and northwest Minnesota. It served a very agricultural base.

While the Soo Line continued to prosper through the 20th century, gradual decline became apparent after World War II, when branch lines would be abandoned.

In 1984, the Canadian Pacific acquired the Soo Line, and operated
This line held on until 1987, when it was finally abandoned from Moose Lake to Gonvick.

In the 1990s, it was converted to a trail from Leanord to Moose Lake, which currently serves as the northernmost Soo Line Trail.

The remaining stub is part of the Canadian Pacific Portal Subdivision.

This beautiful through truss bridge crosses the Mississippi River at the small town of Palisade.

The bridge is built of the main truss, a 6 panel, riveted Warren Through Truss. It is approached by deck girder and trestle spans.
The bridge rests on wooden substructures, a form of non-permanent construction.

When first constructed, the bridge was over 1000 feet long. However, it was gradually filled in.

Presently it can be accessed through the area parks, or by using the trail from the main road.

The bridge appears to be in good condition as well, with minimal damage.

The photo above is an overview.

Mississippi River Railroad Bridges

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Downstream Brainerd Rail Bridge

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