St. Cloud Rail Bridge

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St. Cloud Rail Bridge
St. Cloud Rail Bridge.jpg
The St. Cloud Rail Bridge from the Veterans Bridge just downstream
Coordinates 45°33′50″N 94°09′27″W / 45.56389°N 94.15750°W / 45.56389; -94.15750
Carries One track of the BNSF Railway
Crosses Mississippi River
Locale St. Cloud, Minnesota
Maintained by BNSF Railway
ID number 74.2
Design Four-span high deck pin-connected truss bridge
Total length 587 feet
Width One track
Longest span 170 feet
Clearance below 20 feet
Opened 1892

The St. Cloud Rail Bridge is a pin-connected truss bridge that spans the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. It was built in 1892 by Great Northern Railway and was probably designed by the railroad. Two of the piers are stone, while a third pier is newer and made of concrete. The bridge has an extra set of bracing that hangs about ten feet below the bottom trusses, appearing to hang like a hammock. This was added to increase the capacity of the bridge.

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  • Costello, Mary Charlotte (2002). Climbing the Mississippi River Bridge by Bridge, Volume Two: Minnesota. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications. ISBN 0-9644518-2-4.