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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
Built in 1887; rail line added in 1994; abandoned in 1968; removed in 1973
Builder
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroads
- Ahnapee & Western Railway (AHW)
- 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
A&W - Sturgeon Bay Swing Bridge
Sturgeon Bay Toll 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 

  • March 3, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 14, 2019: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • 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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