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Madson Grade Railroad Earthworks

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1914–1916. U.S. 85 and ND 200 between Watford City and Arnegard

As an engineering feature, this cut-and-fill railroad embankment is impressive, placed almost entirely by hand with minimal mechanical equipment. It leveled a twenty-mile stretch of the Great Northern Railway’s now abandoned and removed rail line. The so-called Million Dollar Fill descends to the Yellowstone River and Fairview-Cartwright bridge (MZ1) and tunnel complex.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay



Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Madson Grade Railroad Earthworks", [Watford City, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 153-153.

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