Riverdale Park Trail Bridge

Quadrangular Through Truss Bridge over Big Sioux River
Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

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Name Riverdale Park Trail Bridge
Built By Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls & Northern Railway
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By City of Sioux Falls
Length 430 Feet Total, 125 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track, 2 Trail Lanes
Height Above Ground 15 Feet (Estimated)
Type Quadrangular Through Truss and Trestle
Date Built 1888
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
In 1884, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railway Company built a line from Lake Park, Iowa towards Watertown, South Dakota.

However in 1888, the CRIF&N built another branch from Ellsworth, Minnesota (near the State Line) to Sioux Falls.

The Sioux Falls branch crossed through Rock Rapids and Larchwood before coming into Sioux Falls from the Southeast.

The CRIF&N would become part of the Burlingon, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1902.

The BCR&N would be swallowed by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1903, which was commonly known as the Rock Island.

The Rock Island operated many of the Southwest branch lines until the late 1970s, as they began their rapid decent into bankruptcy. This one was abandoned in 1977.

Today, some pieces of the BCR&N still survive. Bridges in Sioux Falls and Rock Rapids mark a time past.

This bridge, one of the most historic in Sioux Falls, almost faced demolition in 2011.

This bridge is another relic of a past railroad age in Sioux Falls.

The bridge features an extremely long west approach, with a large center span and shorter east approach.

The bridge features concrete substructures, which are likely stone encased. It also has wooden trestle approaches.

The photo above is an overview.

Big Sioux River Railroad Bridges

Upstream Sertoma Park Trail Bridge
Downstream Beadle Park Rail Bridge (E)/td>

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