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GB&W - Sturgeon Bay Swing Bridge

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Marker describing the lost swing bridge

Photo taken by Robert Thompson

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BH Photo #194724

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Description 

This was a dual-use span, providing a toll vehicle roadway and also providing the Ahnapee and Western Railroad a rail link to the shipyards across the bay. Vehicle traffic had to be cleared off the bridge before a train crossing. With the construction of the Michigan St. Bridge in 1931, it was closed to non-rail traffic. The new bridge was situated in such a way to make ship navigation difficult; this may have led to the ship collision with the Michigan St. bridge in 1960. After the demise of the A&WRR, the bridge was demolished to improve ship navigation.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Sturgeon Bay
Location
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
Status
Lost
History
This was the first bridge crossing the bay of Sturgeon Bay
Builder
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroads
- Ahnapee & Western Railway (A&W)
- Green Bay & Western Railroad (GB&W)
Design
It was originally accessed from shore via a wooden trestle, which was later filled in to create a causeway. The causeway remains, and is reused as a public park with a splendid view of the shipyards and the Michigan St. bridge.
Also called
Sturgeon Bay Toll Bridge
A&W - Sturgeon Bay Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.83328, -87.38321   (decimal degrees)
44°49'60" N, 87°22'60" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/469709/4964501 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Sturgeon Bay West
Elevation
580 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48326 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 16, 2014: Updated by Robert Thompson: Updated buil date and builder.
  • March 19, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Navigable waterway", "Railroad", "Rail-and-Road", "Ahnapee & Western Railway", "Green Bay & Western Railroad"
  • March 2, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson

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