The line served as a connection point, with several lines heading west at Northtown, and connections to Chicago at St. Paul.
The railroad became part of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1896, which had constructed many lines expanding to the west coast.
The railroad continued to serve as a mainline, being double tracked very soon after construction.
By 1970, the NP merged with rival Great Northern, as well as Chicago, Burlington & Quincy to form Burlington Northern.
BN continued to maintain this as a high priority line. By 1996, the BN merged with Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to form BNSF Railway.
BNSF continues to operate this line as the St. Paul Subdivision, and is the busiest section of track in Minnesota.
This bridge is an elegant concrete arch, which crosses Lexington Parkway in the Como Park Neighborhood of Saint Paul.
The arch was built in 1907 to cross a growing street, in a growing neighborhood. It is extremely close to Como Park, which is a major landmark to the area.
Because of the detailed and decorated design of the arch, it really adds to the surroundings. Because of this, it is has been well preserved and maintained.
The author has ranked the bridge as having local significance, because of it's less common design and the age of the structure. The decorative features also add to the historical integrity of the bridge.
The photo above is an overview.