Fairview, North Dakota: Railroad Bridge and Tunnel Trail

The Fairview Lift Bridge and Cartwright Railroad Tunnel -- the only lift bridge in North Dakota -- have been turned into a mile-long walking trail.

Address:
15834 ND-200, Fairview, ND
Directions:
From Fairview, which is on the Montana state line, drive east into North Dakota on Hwy 200. After three miles, turn right onto (unmarked) Black Top Rd, just before the Icy Bridge sign. Drive straight on Black Top Rd, bearing right, a quarter-mile to the rail trail parking lot. Tunnel is dark; bring flashlights or headlamps.
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Fairview Railroad Bridge

The Fairview Lift Bridge was built in 1913 by the Great Northern Railroad. The state required that it be built as a lift bridge to accommodate steamboats on the Yellowstone River. Since the steamboats ceased operation once the rails were in place, the bridge was never lifted except for a test on completion. The tracks were pulled up in the 1980s and the bridge is now a walking trail that leads to North Dakota's only railroad tunnel.

[Harry deCourcy, 06/26/2022]

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