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Badger State Trail - Sugar River Bridge

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Looking to the south

Photo taken by Eric Hanson in September 2010

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BH Photo #191034

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Description 

The bridge carried its first train in February of 1888 and had its tracks removed in the fall of 1999 and now serves as part of the Badger State Trail. This bridge was constructed along with a rail line from Madison, Wisconsin to Freeport, Illinois for the Illinois Central Railroad. A portion of the builders plaque still remains and a picture of it is included. There is a wooden deck that was installed to allow for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Facts 

Overview
Pratt through truss bridge over Sugar River on Badger State Trail
Location
Belleville, Dane County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built 1887
Builder
- Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York & Athens, Pennsylvania
Railroads
- Illinois Central Railroad (IC)
- Rail-to-trail
Design
Pratt through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Also called
Belleville Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.86054, -89.53170   (decimal degrees)
42°51'38" N, 89°31'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/293174/4748437 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Belleville
Land survey
T. 5 N., R. 8 W., Sec. 34
Elevation
851 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 47444 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 4, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • June 23, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • December 29, 2010: Updated by Robert Elder: Edited Categories.
  • December 28, 2010: Added by Eric Hanson

Sources 

  • Eric Hanson
  • Robert Elder - robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com