Fairview lift bridge

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Built in 1913, the Fairview Lift Bridge crosses the Yellowstone River in northwestern North Dakota near the town of Cartwright. Formerly owned by BNSF, rail traffic on the bridge ended in 1986, and the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The bridge has since been converted into a pedestrian and bicycle pathway. It is of note that the bridge also provides pedestrian access to the Cartwright Tunnel, the only railroad tunnel in the state of North Dakota. The Fairview Lift Bridge is a perfect example of the preservation and conversion of a former BNSF rail bridge. 

 

Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge

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The Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge is a shining example of the cultural impact a converted railroad bridge can have on a community. Built in 1883, this former railroad bridge crosses the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls. The bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, now serves as a pedestrian and bicycle pathway. In the summer, the bridge is a hub of community activity including the Stone Arch Bridge Festival of the Arts. 

 

Big River crossing

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Big River Crossing is the longest pedestrian and bicycle pathway that crosses the Mississippi River. The pathway shares the historic Harahan Bridge with two rail lines operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, and the Harahan Bridge itself is built in close proximity to the Frisco Bridge and the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge. Big River Crossing serves as a vital link between Memphis and West Memphis, providing members of these communities with recreational options that celebrate the Mississippi River and the historic bridges built across it.