Hastings Rail Bridge
is a vertical-lift bridge
that spans the Mississippi River in Hastings, Minnesota.
It is one of only three lift spans on the Mississippi River.
It was built in 1981 by Milwaukee Road
It crosses the Mississippi river in a north south orientation
from Hastings just upstream of Point Douglas,
where the Saint Croix River empties into the Mississippi river.
In addition to CP Rail traffic,
the bridge also carries Amtrak's Empire Builder across the river.
originally the Dakota County Courthouse
The courthouse served as the seat of Dakota County government
from 1871 until September 1974