DAVE BRUNER: Photo Gallery — Fairview Bridge And Cartwright Tunnel

One of the things to see on photographer Dave Bruner’s bucket list was the Fairview Bridge and Cartwright Tunnel. Located near Cartwright, N.D., and east of Fairview, Mont., the bridge was built by Gerrick & Gerrick of Steele, N.D., for the Great Northern Railroad as part of a plan for its never completed Montana Eastern Railway. Unused since 1986, the bridge’s span is 1,320 feet across the Yellowstone River. The bridge hangs 100 feet above the water. The bridge adjoins the only tunnel in North Dakota, which was dug by hand in 1912-13 and lies about 300 feet east of the bridge. The bridge had a lift portion on the east side but was used only one year, 1914. It is one of two almost identical bridges built within 10 miles of each other. Its twin, the Snowden Bridge, spans the Missouri River. The North Dakota bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

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