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Sandstone Rail Bridge

Pratt Deck Truss Bridge over Kettle River
Sandstone, Pine County, Minnesota

Click the Photo Above to See All Photos of This Bridge!
Name Sandstone Rail Bridge
Built By St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By BNSF Railway
Length 770 Feet Total, 155 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 90 Feet (Estimated)
Type Pratt Deck Truss and Deck Girder
Date Built 1894
Traffic Count 12 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
In 1888, the Eastern Railway of Minnesota completed a line between Superior, Wisconsin and Hinckley, Minnesota.

In 1898, the Great Northern Railway, which was a powerhouse in Northern Minnesota would connect this line to the Twin Cities, via Cambridge.

The Eastern Railway of Minnesota became part of the Great Northern in 1907, and this became the mainline for the GN between Minneapolis and Duluth.

The Great Northern became part of Burlington Northern in 1970, via a merger with their competitor, Northern Pacific.
In 1996, the BN became a part of BNSF Railway, through a merger with the Atchiston, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.

Today, the line continues to be operated as the Hinckley Subdivision, and is the last active rail route between the Twin Cities and Duluth.
03/04/15


This bridge is by far the most impressive in Northeast Minnesota!

It crosses the Kettle River in Banning State Park a long ways above the river.
The current bridge was built in 1894, after the old bridge was destroyed in the Hinckley Fire of 1893.

The main span is a 6 panel pin connected pratt deck truss, resting on steel towers, supported by stone.

The bridge is well known, and easily accessible. The photo above is an overview.



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