caledonia bridge

Caledonia’s Historic Bridge

This is the Caledonia Bridge in Caledonia, North Dakota, in Traill County, about twenty miles east of Mayville.  It is closed to all but foot traffic. It is one of the oldest bridges in North Dakota, second to the Viking Bridge in nearby Portland. Viking Bridge has been restored in recent years, and we believe that makes Caledonia Bridge the oldest unrestored bridge in North Dakota. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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This bridge was constructed by Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, in 1895. The company built nearly five thousand bridges in the United States and Canada before it was consolidated into the American Bridge Company by JP Morgan in 1900.

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There’s a noticeable tweak in the bridge deck.

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Caledonia Bridge spans the Goose River.

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Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, © 2015 Sonic Tremor Media

4 Responses to “Caledonia’s Historic Bridge”
  1. Bob Christensen says:

    I believe that the bridge shown above is the Caledonia Bridge, not the Viking Bridge. The Viking Bridge is in Viking Township, about a mile northwest of Portland. The NDDOT is in the process of rehabilitating the Viking Bridge, which was built in 1885.

    The Caledonia Bridge is historic in its own right, having been built in 1895.

  2. You are correct, Bob. Funny, we originally had it labeled the Caledonia Bridge, and someone emailed to tell us it was called the Viking Bridge. So we changed it without checking. After your comment, we checked it out, and you are correct. Thank you.

  3. Patricia says:

    I grew up in Caledonia and that bridge is so central to my childhood memories. My brother, sister and I still own a house near it, a house built in 1874. It is such a shame that the bridge has not been restored and preserved.

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  1. […] We first visited the Caledonia Bridge in 2006 and found it closed to all but foot traffic.  We think it’s the second oldest still-standing bridge in North Dakota, having been built in 1895, and second only to the Viking Bridge near Portland.  The Viking Bridge was built in 1885 and was restored in 2006, and we definitely think Caledonia Bridge should be high on the list for a restoration in the near-future.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. […]

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