Train Depot and Lift Bridge

Historic Ranier Tour

Train Depot and Lift Bridge

International Falls, Minnesota 56649, United States

Created By: Koochiching County Historical Society


The railroad and rumors of the railroad brought many people to Rainer. In 1907, a bridge was built over the Ranier Rapids that connected Ranier with Fort Frances and the Canadian Railway system. This gave Ranier a Port of Entry status, and a building boom ensued. Besides the depot, many homes, several hotels, and several saloons went up in a hurry. Today, Ranier is the busiest port of entry in the United States.

The Ranier Lift Bridge is a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge, patented in 1890 and installed in 1907, and is one of the oldest cantilever bridges still in service.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Historic Ranier Tour


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