Cartwright in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fairview Lift Bridge
Lift machinery, located on top of the lift span, included a three-cylinder kerosene engine that was added by counterweights containing 343 cubic yards of concrete. The weights are connected to the lift span, via the lift towers, by cables two inches in diameter. The lift span weighs 1.14 million pounds and is 271 feet long; the lift towers are 108 feet tall. Four through-truss spans
The bridge was designed by Waddell and Harrington of Kansas City and manufactured by the American Bridge Company of Gary, Indiana. Approximately 4.5 million pounds of steel were used in the bridge construction, which cost nearly $500,000.
The railroad structure also served as an automobile bridge soon after its completion however, traversing the bridge and the long trestle to the west was difficult. When Highway 23 was completed to the Yellowstone River in 1926, the bridge was modified to accommodate both modes of transportation. The deck was covered with wooden planking and access routes were constructed at each end. A wooden bridge provided access to the west bridge approach from the north. The duel use was still hazardous and a watchman was employed to operate the swing gate and telephone system, allowing automobiles to travel the bridge. The bridge was operated by the railroad as a toll bridge until 1937, when the State Highway Department assumed maintenance and the watchman's salary. This situation continued until 1955, when the Hjaimer
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 47° 51.518′ N, 103° 58.158′ W. Marker is in Cartwright, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker is on Black Top Road near State Highway 200. The marker is in Sundheim Park near the lift bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cartwright ND 58838, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cartwright Tunnel (here, next to this marker); The Montana Eastern Railway Company (here, next to this marker); Hjalmer Nelson Memorial Bridge (here, next to this marker); Mining Lignite Coal (approx. 3˝ miles away in Montana); Plants of the Plains (approx. 8.6 miles away); Water Ways and Mean (approx. 8.6 miles away); Mosquitoes (approx. 8.8 miles away); Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cartwright.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.