The rails were removed north of the US-41 highway crossing (just south of Chassel) sometime in the 1990s. The rails north of Baraga were pulled up to somewhere south of this bridge in 2010. For some reason this section track from US-41 south over the Sturgeon River has not been pulled up (yet). The last freight train on this line (north of Baraga) reportedly ran on September 28, 1982, so this track has been abandoned for almost 30 years now.
Looking south (railroad east) along the bridge.
Looking south (railroad east) at the south approach to the bridge.
Looking south from the bridge. Unknown how much further south the rails are in place. The next public road crossing is several miles down the line.
The "Builder's Plate" on the bridge, from 1913. The railroad reached Houghton in 1883, so obviously this is not the original bridge at this location.
Looking upstream at the Sturgeon River.
This is the north approach to the bridge, with a mound of willow tree shrubs starting to take some serious root.
Here is the 30 years of overgrowth that one has to walk thru to get to the bridge from the north side of the bridge.
Some more of the overgrowth to walk thru on the way to the bridge.
I will later write a Part 2, showing the abandoned remnants of "Spur D-38", which was a siding off the main line to a propane dealer, which is located about 1/4 mile north of the bridge.
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