(Arcola High Bridge)(Soo Line High Bridge)

11934 Arcola Trail North, Stillwater, MN

Status: Active Railway Bridge; Steel Deck Arched Bridge


Warning This Location is an Extremely Dangerous Active High Speed Railway Bridge. Entering the Tracks is not only Illegal but Could put your Life in Danger


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This railway line was originally built in 1884 by the Wisconsin Central Railway as means to ship between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

The river has very steep banks on either side and for the first bridge trains needed helper locomotives to climb the hill. In 1909 they built the much higher bridge that exists today.

In the 1960’s a number of railroad companies merged together to become the Soo Line Railroad and ran the main freight line between Minneapolis and Chicago. This bridge remained an integral part of that important line.

In 1987 it became known as the Wisconsin Central Railway again.

In 2001 the Canadian National Railway bought Wisconsin Central.


Paranormal Activity

The most famous and often encountered ghost at this location is a “woman in white”.

No one knows her details for sure, but many believe she is either searching for her child or her significant other. Either way she is sure to have died either from falling from the bridge or being struck by a train. She is most often seen on the west side of the bridge as far as Arcola trail overpass to right on the bridge itself.

When the “woman in white” is seen by onlookers she does not interact and usually will walk away sometimes just fading away to nothing as she gets further away.

Many people have died on or near the bridge over the years. If you get caught on the bridge when a train comes you have 2 choices: jump or get hit by the train (either one will result in your death). Other people have simply had an accident or made a mistake resulting on them falling through or off the bridge.

Other apparitions are seen either on the bridge or near it. Sometimes the ghosts will replay out the accident that ended their life.

Other Reported Activity: disembodied voices and screams; phantom footsteps; unexplained mists and breezes; light anomalies and feelings of not being alone.

Due to the numerous accidents the police heavily patrol this area. If you are parked near here after dark you will be asked to leave; if you are caught on the bridge you will be arrested and charged with trespassing.