Throughout the first decade of the 20th Centry, the MStP&SsM (Soo Line) built numerous lines, 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 was still in use until 1987, when it was 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.
Built in 1910, the bridge consists of a single 6-panel, riveted Warren Through Truss. In addition, the bridge is approached by deck girder spans and wooden trestling.
The entire bridge rests on wooden substructures, a form of non-permanent construction. However, these still appear to be in good condition.
When first constructed, the bridge was over 1000 feet long. However, it was gradually filled in.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition. With proper maintenance, this bridge should continue to serve pedestrians for the longterm future.
The author has ranked this bridge as being regionally significant, due to the truss design and contractor.
The photo above is an overview.
|Upstream||Cohasset Rail Bridge|
|Downstream||Brainerd Rail Bridge|