Sheep Canyon Railroad Trestle site, 7 miles north of Edgemont, South Dakota on the Mickelson Trail

Sheep Canyon Trestle

Sheep Canyon, where crossed, is 700 feet long by 126 feet deep.  In 1890 the above trestle was built for the Burlington line.  The bridge was considered rickety, and expensive to upkeep, so Burlington decided to fill the canyon with dirt instead. It took 22,000 car loads to fill.

   On November 29, 2013 I visited the site and took photos and video, below.

Construction of Sheep Canyon trestle


south view of Sheep Canyon trestle filled inSheep Canyon looking east

Sheep Canyon, on the Mickelson Trail near Edgemont, SD from cultxpt on Vimeo.
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