Crossing Caledonia Bridge

Crossing Caledonia Bridge

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.

We returned for another visit in September of 2013 and found the bridge much the same, albeit with a few more weeds and overgrowth. Crossing Caledonia Bridge is peaceful, especially on a gorgeous late-summer night like the night of our visit.

Caledonia Bridge

Caledonia Bridge

Caledonia Bridge

Caledonia Bridge

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Caledonia Bridge

Caledonia Bridge

Caledonia Bridge

Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC

Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota.

2 thoughts on “Crossing Caledonia Bridge

  1. We live in Caledonia and would love to see our Bridge repaired. Since the damage and the closing it has divided our little town. Caledonia is the second oldest town in ND. The old store and post office still stand and has been fixed up to a private bed and breakfast. Back in its prime there was five saloons and several churches.

  2. My grandma was postmaster at one time in Caledonia. I wonder if there were many women postmasters in the USA at that time. Mary Josephine Kelly Vettel McDonald was a great lady.

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