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Astico County Park Bridge


Looking southeast

Spans are joined at new concrete pier constructed in the river channel

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in November 2011


BH Photo #220965


Street View 


Pony truss ca. 1885 for the Chicago & North Western Railroad at an unknown locationand reinforced 1891 before being reconstructed and moved to Scofield Road near Lebanon in 1910 to cross a new main line. Through truss span was built Ca. 1907 at Ninabuck Road nearby, before being replaced in 1996. Spans were refurbished and installed in 2006.


Pratt through truss bridge over Crawfish River on Trail
Astico, Dodge County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians
Structures moved here in 2006
- Alden & Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois (Scofield Road pony truss)
1-64' riveted Double Intersection Warren Pony Truss
1-126' pin connected Pratt Through Truss
Total length: 192.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.32810, -88.94593   (decimal degrees)
43°19'41" N, 88°56'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/342235/4799089 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 50329 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2021: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 3, 2017: New Street View added by Dave King
  • April 20, 2014: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • October 1, 2012: Updated by Matt Lohry: Removed build year--these bridges were relocated here.
  • November 27, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: added "build" date
  • November 26, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson

Related Bridges 



Astico County Park Bridge
Posted February 22, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe the pony span of this bridge may be approximately as old as the formerly nearby Poplar Grove Road bridge, which was later moved to Washington County. I figure Ca. 1885 would be an appropriate date for that span.

Astico County Park Bridge
Posted January 22, 2013, by Kristen Westlake (kristenwestlake2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is amazing at sunrise and in the winter!

This image uploaded by Kristen Westlake. Kristen is a professional nature and wildlife photographer.

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Astico County Park Bridge
Posted October 2, 2012, by Matt Lohry

This is the very reason I removed the build date--I agree with Robert and Nathan. As far as primary original dates, I think that in cases like this, a way to include both dates should be implemented, because both spans are highly significant. This is uncommon, so even if adding both dates is cumbersome, it wouldn't have to be done very often.

Astico County Park Bridge
Posted October 1, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for the reply. I should add that I support adding the relocation date under history even if the bridge is completely disassembled for the move as opposed to being moved in one piece.

Astico County Park Bridge
Posted October 1, 2012, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I strongly agree with Robert's comment. When a bridge is moved, if original bridge materials remain, it is not a "new bridge" it is merely an old bridge moved and repaired in a new location. 2006 would be a "rehabilitation/relocation date." I also agree that this bridge is an unusual circumstance... should the primary date refer to the oldest truss, or the largest (main) span of the conglomeration?

Astico County Park Bridge
Posted October 1, 2012, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)


I must respectfully disagree. I prefer to keep the original build date, but add the relocation date under "History". With this bridge, that is admittedly a bit cumbersome as the spans were built different years, but with most bridges this is a straightforward means of keeping the dates separate.

I am always glad to see a bridge preserved, but the relocation date is just secondary information IMHO.

Of course, an alternative is to add a bridge twice - once for each location, but that would obviously confuse those who are unfamiliar with a particular bridge.


Astico County Park Truss Bridge
Posted October 1, 2012, by Anonymous

It scares me when I see BOOM next to a newspaper story about a bridge.

Instead say Voilą or something. Too many BOOMs in my state.

Astico County Park Truss Bridge
Posted November 27, 2011, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's what I was thinking, too. This clearly isn't the original location for either span, and they are of completely different design. It was my thought as well that they were brought here for preservation.

I could not find any markers, plaques or anything else concerning history, build date, builder, etc. at the physical site. I suppose there might be some local newspaper articles on line, but I haven't had a chance to look. It's not likely I'll have time; still working 50 hour weeks.

Astico County Park Truss Bridge
Posted November 27, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Interesting find. It looks like it is two different bridges put together. A traditional HWY thru truss at one end and at the other a pony truss that looks like a railroad-built highway over railroad overpass.