ABANDONED BRIDGE




ABANDONED BRIDGE

by Troy Larson, Ghosts of North America

This abondoned Saskatchewan bridge, a concrete arch bridge, also sometimes referred to as a "bowstring arch", is in southwestern Saskatchewan, just over two kilometers west of Scotsgard. The bridge spans the former line of the Great Western Railway and Notukeu Creek and was once the primary crossing of this coulee for traffic traveling along Highway 13. The bridge was built sometime in the 1920s or 30s but the highway was realigned a some point and this bridge was left disconnected and abandoned.

I discovered this bridge while I was perusing the Ghost Town Canada database. Since it was close to another place I planned to visit, Admiral, Saskatchewan, I decided to pay it a visit.

On Google Earth, you can still see a faint outline of the highway in the adjacent land, but standing here in person, the bridge is the only real sign that traffic once crossed here – a crumbling concrete and re-bar span which points off into a green oblivion, at the nexus of an unending sea of prairie grasses and azure blue sky. I was amazed that I couldn’t pick out the remains of the highway on the surface.

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Image:Troy Larson, copyright 2016 Sonic Tremor Media, Fargo, ND