• Lost Bridge on the Little MIssouri River

    Lost Bridge on the Little Missouri River

    By / May 28, 2015 / Points of Interest

    This is Lost Bridge on the Little Missouri River, about 23 miles north of Killdeer in Dunn County. The name “Lost Bridge” holds a coincidental double meaning in this case, since the bridge no longer exists. These photos were taken by the Historic American Engineering Record, and the notes from the file tell an interesting story:… [read more]

  • Fairview Lift Bridge

    Cartwright Tunnel and Fairview Lift Bridge

    By / July 30, 2014 / Points of Interest

    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… [read more]

  • Sanish, North Dakota

    Before the Flood: Leaving Sanish, North Dakota

    By / June 26, 2014 / Sanish, ND

    We’ve posted several galleries dedicated to Sanish, North Dakota, the former Missouri River town that was dismantled timber and brick and dispersed to higher ground when the Garrison Dam was erected, flooding this part of the Missouri River Valley.  There’s a gallery dedicated to the construction of Four Bears Bridge, our visit to the crumbling… [read more]

  • High Line Bridge

    Northern Pacific High Line Bridge #64

    By / May 9, 2014 / Points of Interest

    High Line Bridge in Valley City is the longest railroad bridge in the state and like the Gassman-Coulee Trestle in Minot and the Sheyenne River Bridge near Karnak, we chose to photograph it and feature it here due to the railroads’ pivotal role in settling North Dakota. All three of these bridges are still used… [read more]

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    Ringsaker Lutheran Church and School

    By / May 4, 2014 / Points of Interest

    Someone suggested this place to us last fall, we waited all winter to visit, and it was worth the wait.  Ringsaker Lutheran Church and School are about seven and half miles north of Cooperstown, and they’re rich in history dating back to what is claimed to be the first Christian religious service in Griggs County,… [read more]

  • Sheyenne River Bridge

    Sheyenne River Bridge

    By / May 4, 2014 / Karnak, ND

    This is the Sheyenne River Bridge, a railroad trestle at the north end of Lake Ashtabula, in the marshy transition between the lake and the Sheyenne River.  Built in 1912, it is 2,736 feet long, making it a little shorter than High Line Bridge in Valley City and a little longer than the Gassman Coulee… [read more]

  • Building Four Bears Bridge

    Building Four Bears Bridge

    By / November 14, 2013 / Sanish, ND, Special Features

    Mighty rivers require mighty bridges and several impressive examples have spanned the North Dakota stretch of the Missouri River.  The river valley near the former town of Sanish has been home to several.  First, the Verendrye Bridge, a steel truss bridge completed in 1927, crossed the Missouri at Sanish.  In 1934, the first bridge to… [read more]

  • Sanish, North Dakota, 1926

    Lost Beneath the Lake: Sanish, North Dakota

    By / November 12, 2013 / Sanish, ND

    Old Sanish, North Dakota came to an end in 1953, when the river valley it occupied for over half a century became the bottom of North Dakota’s newest reservoir, Lake Sakakawea. Sanish’s residents left for higher ground, as did the residents of other low-lying towns like Van Hook and Elbowoods.  Buildings were demolished and the… [read more]

  • Caledonia Bridge

    Crossing Caledonia Bridge

    By / November 5, 2013 / Points of Interest

    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… [read more]

  • Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel

    Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel

    Thank you to R. David Adams for submitting these photos of the Fairview Lift Bridge and the accompanying Cartwright Tunnel, between Cartwright, North Dakota and Fairview, Montana.  This bridge is frequently confused with the Snowden Bridge, a few miles away in Montana, partly due to a similar history (each bridge has only been raised once)… [read more]

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