CP 7th Street Bridge (Faribault)

Through Plate Girder Bridge Over 7th Street
Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota

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Name CP 7th Street Bridge (Faribault)
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway
Contractor Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company of Minneapolis
Currently Owned By Canadian Pacific Railroad
Length 60 Feet Total, 30 Foot Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 12 Feet 0 Inches
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Steel and Concrete
Date Built 1908
Traffic Count 3 Trains/Week (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
MILW Bridge Number S-284
Significance Moderate Significance
In 1864, the Minnesota Central Railway began construction of an 82 mile route between Owatonna, Minnesota and St. Paul, Minnesota.
The following year, the route was completed to Austin, Minnesota. By 1870, the route would be absorbed by the Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway.
The railroad became a part of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. The Milwaukee Road operated a number of lines throughout Southern Minnesota. This route was the main route to Iowa from the Twin Cities.
In 1915, the railroad was reorganized as the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railway in 1928. This route stayed a secondary mainline until 1985, when the Milwaukee Road was merged with the Soo Line (Canadian Pacific).

Being a secondary route, the route was sold off in the late 1980s or early 1990s. In 1997, it became a part of I&M Rail Link, and later the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad in 2002. By 2008, the IC&E along with sister Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern became a part of Canadian Pacific Railway.
Currently, a portion of this line from Iowa to Owatonna is operated as CP, while CP owns the line from Owatonna to Faribault.
Progressive Rail leases the line between Eagan and Faribault. Union Pacific operates the route as its Albert Lea Subdivision between Rosemount and Comus. Between Eagan and Mendota, the railroad has been abandoned.

Located in central Faribault, this through girder bridge crosses 7th Street.
Built in 1908, the bridge features a pair of through girders. These girders are set onto a steel pier and concrete abutments.
The bridge has been painted a bright blue color. The bridge is notorious for oftentimes being struck by trucks.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in fair condition.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the common design. However, the contractor only built a handful of confirmed bridges.

The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company plaque
Contractor Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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