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UP Stillwater Boulevard Bridge

Through Plate Girder Bridge over Stillwater Boulevard
Lake Elmo, Washington County, Minnesota

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Name UP Stillwater Boulevard Bridge
Built By Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 55 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 12 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1931
Traffic Count 15 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
UP Bridge Number 9.51
Significance Local Significance
Between 1868 and 1872, the West Wisconsin Railway would construct 188 miles of track in western and central Wisconsin.
Starting in Elroy, the route would be constructed westwards, reaching Eau Claire by 1870. A short 10 mile branch was built between Warrens and Tomah in 1868.
By 1871, the route would reach Hudson. The same year, the St. Paul, Stillwater & Taylor Falls Railway would build a route between Hudson and St. Paul, Minnesota.
By 1878, the WW became part of the Chicago, St. Paul & Minneapolis Railway, which in turn became part of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway in 1880.
The Omaha road became controlled by the Chicago & North Western Railway upon formation.
A second main track was constructed along this route between Wyeville and St. Paul between 1911 and 1913, as part of an upgrade to the C&NW system.

The Omaha Road was leased by the C&NW in 1957, and was outright merged in 1972. The C&NW continued to operate this as a main track until 1995, when it was purchased by Union Pacific.
Today, Union Pacific operates this line as part of a main line to the Twin Cities.
06/26/21


This standard deck girder bridge crosses Stillwater Boulevard near County Road 14. Built in 1931, the bridge is very simply composed. It is built of a single deck girder, set onto concrete abutments. A logo for the famed "400" train still exists on the bridge.
The bridge appears to be in good to fair condition. The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.

The photo above is an overview.

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Build Date 2014 National Bridge Inventory
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele



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