The line terminated in Sioux Falls until 1893, when the Great Northern Railway continued its expansion towards Yankton, South Dakota; where it met the Chicago & North Western.
The line effectively served as a mainline between the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior and Sioux Falls, when connected with its connections.
By 1970, the Great Northern merged with rival Northern Pacific and Chicago, Burlington & Quincy to form Burlington Northern Railway.
By the mid-1970s, the trans-Minnesota saw a significant drop in traffic. Along with cutting significant portions of the line in Minnesota, Burlington Northern also took out Yankton to Sioux Falls in 1981.
In 1996, the Burlington Northern merged with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to form BNSF Railway, the current operators of the line from Garretson to Sioux Falls, now the Corson Subdivision.
This trail bridge can be seen along I-229 near its southern end at I-29.
The bridge was built in 1906 to replace an older wooden howe truss.
The bridge was converted to a trail in the early 1990s. It features a 6 panel, riveted warren through truss on stone piers.
The approach is trestle. The abutment is also stone, a remnant of the old bridge.
The photo above is an overview.
Big Sioux River Railroad Bridges
|Upstream||Elmen Park Rail Bridge|
|Downstream||Riverdale Park Trail Bridge/td>|