This is a small sampling of photos from our visit to Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel in July of 2014.
If you’re interested in the history of this lift bridge, which was only raised once, you can check out our previous gallery featuring photos and captions from our friend R. David Adams, or you can read more about it at the MidRivers page, which has nice background on both Fairview and its twin, Snowden Lift Bridge.
There’s a campground in the shadow of this bridge where we intended to camp during our visit, but when we arrived, we found the place off-limits. We’re told some people had been abusing overnight camping privileges, so camping is no longer allowed. We ended up in a jam and had to settle for last minute accommodations at a primitive campground some miles away.
Today, the bridge is a tourist attraction and a popular spot for watersports among locals. The bridge and tunnel are both handicap accessible. The gate shown above marks the west end, just above the parking lot.
The sky was clouded by smoke from forest fires on the day we were there.
This island is right in the middle of the Yellowstone river, which is one of the longest un-dammed rivers in the western hemisphere. William Clark devoted some time to exploring this river during Lewis & Clark’s return journey from the Pacific Coast. Just miles from here, it empties into the Missouri River.
The decaying ruins of the Cartwright tunnel were shored up and reconstructed between 2004 and 2006 by the North Dakota Army National Guard and Friends of the Fairview Bridge.
We did not realize how big this tunnel was from photos. When you’re there in person, it is huge.
The hike, from end to end, took us about 8 minutes.
A neighbor’s dog accompanied us on our hike.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
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Troy Larson is an author, photographer, gentleman adventurer (debatable) from Fargo, North Dakota, and co-founder of Ghosts of North Dakota. @NorthDakotaTroy