Cartwright Tunnel, North Dakota

Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge

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.

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

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.

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

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.

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

Fairview Lift Bridge, North Dakota

Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel

 We did not realize how big this tunnel was from photos.

Cartwright Tunnel

The hike, from end to end, took us about 8 minutes.

Cartwright Tunnel

A neighbor’s dog accompanied us on our hike.

Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel

Cartwright Tunnel

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

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4 Responses to “Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge”
  1. marty says:

    Where is the bridge and tunnel located?

  2. Jodi says:

    The dog that accompanied you through the tunnel is named Koda. She and her little buddy Cartman, who had just recently been hit by a car and died, use the tunnel to go from their house on the West side of the tunnel to “Gramma’s house on the East side. She is still looking for him. Their owner, Marty Shaide, and the Shaide family own the land that the tunnel is on.

    I really enjoyed the video.

  3. Daro Crandall says:

    I was there several times when I lived in Williston, ND and even climbed as high as I could up the bridge until there were no more steps.

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