McGilvray "Seven Bridges" Road

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McGilvray Road, also called Seven Bridges Road, is a road that was abandoned to traffic decades ago with the demolition of its 7th and largest bridge over the main channel of the Black River. Today however, six bridges including five unique patented bowstring truss bridges crossing the Black River Bottoms are preserved as part of a trail that follows the old road.

McGilvray Ferry Bridge (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Completed February 20, 1892, by the Clinton Bridge Co.; demolished 1954
Lost through truss bridge over Black River on Old McGilvray Road
Demolished after McGilvray Road was moved to a new alignment

McGilvray Road Bridge No. 1 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Built 1906 by the the La Crosse Bridge & Steel Co.
Two-span bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
Open to pedestrians only

McGilvray Road Bridge No. 2 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Built 1908 by the the La Crosse Bridge & Steel Co.
Two-span bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
Open to pedestrians only

McGilvray Road Bridge No. 3 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Built 1905 by the the La Crosse Bridge & Steel Co.
Bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
Open to pedestrians only

McGilvray Road Bridge No. 4 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Built 1907 by the the La Crosse Bridge & Steel Co.
Two-span bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
Open to pedestrians only

McGilvray Road Bridge No. 5 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Built 1921 at El Paso in Pierce County; relocated here in 1996-97
Relocated pony truss bridge on McGilvray Road
Open to pedestrians only

McGilvray Road Bridge No. 6 (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Built 1905 by the the La Crosse Bridge & Steel Co.
Bowstring truss bridge over a tributary of Black River on Old McGilvray Road in Van Loon Wildlife Area
Open to pedestrians only

McGilvray Road Kingpost Bridge (La Crosse County, Wisconsin)
Lost Kingpost pony truss bridge on McGilvray Road at the site of modern-day Bridge No. 5
Removed March 1986