Sunday, August 26, 2018

1911 CN/WC/Soo/WC Arcola High Bridges over St. Croix River

(Bridge Hunter, Historic Bridges, John Weeks IIISatellite)

The "wwMiss" label is approximate. This bridge is actually over the St. Croix River.

John Weeks III

They are using cantilever bridge techniques to build the arch allows them to keep falsework out of the navigation channel.
Photo from Bridge Hunter, Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

Jordan Palmer posted two photos with the comment:
Wisconsin Central Bridge at Arcola, Minnesota then and now. Built in 1884 by Union Bridge and Iron Works it was part of WCs route from Chippewa Falls to St. Paul. The original bridge was removed on February 28 1916 following replacement with the Arcola Highbridge completed in 1909. First photo is from Minnesota Historical Society, second one is mine from several years ago.


John A. Weeks
"The photo is a public domain image that dates back to the first decade of the 1900s."

Harvey Henkelmann commented on Jordan's posting
And here is it's famous replacement
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Jordan Palmer posted two photos with the comment:
Couple more shots of my favorite bridge, the Arcola High Bridge, aka the Soo Line or Wisconsin Central Higbridge. The bridge stands roughly 185 feet above the St Croix River below at normal water level, and has five arches each roughly 300' long, plus approach trestles on each side stretching the bridge to nearly 1/2mile total length. The first photo is from a river trip nine or ten years ago now, and the second is from September of last year when I was finally able to catch a train rumbling across it. The Arcola High Bridge is now nearly 110 years old, and replaced the original Arcola crossing just down river 3/4mile that was built in the 1880s removing the long steep grades on both sides of the river as the original bridge was only about 70' above the river.

Jordan Palmer commented on his posting
One of my winter shots from few years ago.

Jordan Palmer commented on his posting
And a shot from bout 1/2 mile or so south bout five years ago.
A better exposure of the construction photo:
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John boots posted
The Soo High Bridge north of Stillwater Mn. Awesome structure and best picture I’ve seen.
Jordan Palmer commented on John's post
One of my favorite bridges, I was finally able to capture shots of a train crossing it in September of last year.
Alan Ardanowski commented on John's post
Alan Ardanowski I think this is one of the hinges referenced in the above [Historic Bridges link]:Bart Culbertson Alan Ardanowski yes it is, also another term would be a pin connection.

Chip Holk posted
Train crossing the Soo Line Railroad bridge, over the St. Croix River. Washington County. 06/06/1921 (MNHS)

Tim Weinberg, Oct 2017

Leo Walding posted
This is the Arcola High Bridge between Arcola MN and Somerset, WI used by CN (x-Soo). spanning the St. Croix River. The St Croix river was a major logging river back in the late 1800's.
Jordan Palmer Hey that's one of my photos of the old Soo Line/Arcola Bridge haha! Where'd you find it?

Jordan Palmer posted three photos with the comment: "Not able to catch the train today, but snapped a couple dusk shots at the Arcola Highbridge, aka Soo Line or Wisconsin Central Higbridge, over the St Croix River north of Stillwater, Minnesota."


Jordan Palmer posted two photos with the comment: "Last Sunday April 19th, the Canadian National’s daily eastbound crossing the old Wisconsin Central or Arcola Highbridge, over the St Croix River north of Stillwater, Minnesota."


Jordan commented on his post
Stone footings from the original crossing about 1/2 mile south of the Highbridge. The original bridge was removed in early 1916.

Mark Kipper posted ten photos with the comment: "CN bridge over St. Croix River."
Daniel Harcourt Been over it many times no brakes allowed on the bridge per the rules.










Jordan Palmer posted a YouTube video link of an eastbound train.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, it really is a magnificent bridge. -Jordan