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Chester Bridge


Full View Of Bridge, Looking Northwest

The bridge was located adjacent to the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Refuge and was owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

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BH Photo #119208

Chester Bridge 

Written by H. John Dobrovolny, Regional Historic Preservation Officer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Chester Bridge is considered important in Wisconsin history because it is a type of bridge that is rapidly disappearing in the State, it is a link in the development of truss bridge construction, and it is an early example of a bridge built by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company.


Pratt through truss bridge over Rock River on Old Marsh Road, former Wisconsin SH 49 in Town of Chester
Town of Chester, Dodge County, Wisconsin
Built 1892-93; Removed ca. 1989
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6 panel Pratt through truss
Span length: 87.0 ft.
Total length: 87.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.62138, -88.68382   (decimal degrees)
43°37'17" N, 88°41'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/364144/4831199 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Waupun South
Inventory number
BH 37015 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "6-panel truss", "HAER documented", "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected"
  • February 2, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status to Lost
  • August 1, 2008: Essay added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-59 - Chester Bridge, Spanning Rock River on Old Marsh Road, Chester Township, Dodge County, WI