Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Suspected arson severely damages historic bridge in northern MN

Author:

A historic 113-year-old trestle bridge, believed to be the longest-standing in Minnesota, was severely damaged by a fire early Monday – and authorities believe it was set intentionally.

Dozens of Blackduck firefighters responded to the fire around 5:15 a.m. Monday, and it took them about an hour and a half to put out the flames, the Bemidji Pioneer reports.

About 200 feet of the 701-foot-long trestle were destroyed, Red Lake Nation News says.

Officials are investigating it as arson, reports note.

The Minnesota and International Railway Trestle at Blackduck was completed in 1902, to provide a rail link between Bemidji and what is now International Falls, according to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge spans Coburn Creek, just outside of downtown Blackduck, in Beltrami County.

It was converted to part of the Blue Ox Trail after the Minnesota Department of Transportation took ownership of it in 1992. Now it's frequently used by snowmobilers, four-wheelers and hikers, reports say.

What is a trestle?

A trestle is a type of open, braced framework used to support something, oftentimes a railroad bridge.

Timbers, piles or steel are common materials used.

Timber trestles, such as those that make up the Blackduck bridge, were commonly used for railroads in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.

Related