Wheelock Parkway Trail Bridge

Steel Stringer Bridge over Wheelock Parkway
St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Name Wheelock Parkway Trail Bridge
Built By Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Minnesota DNR
Length 60 Feet Total, 40 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 13 Feet 3 Inches
Superstructure Type Steel Stringer and Concrete Slab
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1938
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
Significance Local Significance
In 1884, the Wisconsin Central Railway built a route heading east of St. Paul towards Wisconsin.
An additional route was built in 1888 by the Wisconsin Central, connecting to the junction of the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway in Minneapolis.
A spur to the St. Paul Union Depot from Little Canada was constructed in 1906. The Wisconsin Central remained independent until 1961, when it formally merged with the MStP&StM to form the Soo Line.

In 1982, the Soo Line abandoned a portion between St. Paul and Oakdale. This segment has largely become the Gateway State Trail.
In 1985, the Soo Line was purchased by Canadian Pacific. The Minneapolis-Stillwater portion was sold to Wisconsin Central Ltd, and became Canadian National in 2001.

This standard steel stringer bridge carries the Gateway Trail over Wheelock Parkway in St. Paul.
Built in 1938, the bridge features a single steel stringer main span, which is covered by a decorative concrete fascia. In addition, it is approached by concrete slab spans on either side. The entire bridge rests on concrete substructures.
This bridge features a common design. It appears to remain structurally sound.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


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

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