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MILW - Boom Island Bridge

Photo 

Courtesy of the Manitowoc Herald-Times

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BH Photo #495979

Description 

According to newspaper articles, this bridge came from "The Mississippi River". The size of the spans and dates match the Sabula bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Menominee River on Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
Location
Marinette, Menominee County, Michigan, and Marinette County, Wisconsin
Status
Destroyed by flooding during demolition
History
Built 1880 at Sabula, moved here 1907; Destroyed by flooding during remvoal 1969
Builder
- Rust & Coolidge of Chicago, Illinois
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Design
Whipple through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 217.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.10567, -87.63034   (decimal degrees)
45°06'20" N, 87°37'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/450410/4994882 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 92824 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 27, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added history
  • April 20, 2021: New photo from Luke

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MILW - Boom Island Bridge
Posted November 27, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I found two article descriptions available online:

Mil. Rd. Begins Placing Concrete Piers For New Menominee River Bridge (9/20/1907)

Part Of Marinette's Mil. Rd. Bridge Came From Mississippi River (11/1/1907)

The article titles, the dates, plus 217' span lengths listed on railroad track charts all strongly suggest that this bridge reused two spans from the old bridge at Sabula, Iowa.

It's a bummer it got removed. This one was something special.