Hi-Line Railroad Bridge / Chautauqua Park, Valley City

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Originally called the High Bridge, the Hi-Line Bridge is a historic railroad bridge located over the Sheyenne River in Valley City, North Dakota. The bridge is long and above the river. Construction work began on July 5, 1906 and it was ready for service on May 8, 1908. At the time it was the longest bridge for its height in the world. It currently remains one of the longest and highest single track railroad viaducts in the United States, and was designated as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2005.
The Northern Pacific Railroad designed and built the bridge to avoid the steep grades into and out of the Sheyenne River valley. At one time, this was a main link in the railroad's coast-to-coast system and was important during both World Wars. To prevent sabotage during the wars, it was guarded by soldiers. The bridge is still used today by freight trains in the BNSF Railway system.
The 61 spans of the bridge are supported on 30 steel towers, each of which is 45 feet long at the top. The distance between towers at their tops is either 60, 75, or, for three of the spans, 101 feet. Two of these long spans are above the Sheyenne River and the third crosses over tracks of the former Soo Line Railroad, now part of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Each of the steel towers is supported on four concrete foundation piers measuring 6 feet square at their tops, and expanding to 14 to 18 feet square at their bases, depending on subsurface conditions. Approximately one million rivets were used in construction of the bridge.
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  • A lot of people have heard of The Bridges of Madison County (outside Winterset, Iowa) but how about the bridges of Valley City, N.D. We got a tip of a scenic byway along the Sheyenne River which...  more »
  • There were several bridges on a bridge tour of Valley City, but the Hi-Line railroad bridge was the best. It was well worth the drive to the edge of town to view it! Amazing!  more »
  • Very quiet park, not a lot of foot traffic and a great place to kayak and canoe! Came across a crane and some geese as I was kayaking and there were a few fish jumping out of the water as well. Good local place to see some wildlife!
  • Beautiful park. Nice equipment for different age levels. I do miss the roller slide though. Lots of open space for picnics, family gatherings, weddings, other activities and the Pavilion is a very nice building. Beautiful inside and well maintained kitchen and bathrooms (that are also spacious).

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