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Eau Claire River Bridge


Your First Clue your quarry is lost is a curve in the road...

When you see the road curve slightly before the bridge you're looking for, you can be pretty sure your target is gone.

Professor Kevin Patrick, of Indiana University of Pennsylvania says that when a straight road curves slightly, crosses a bridge, then gently curves back to the original alignment, the bridge is a replacement that was built next to its predecessor. Sadly, that's true here and I was too late to get the deck truss that was here.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2009


BH Photo #142420


Lost Warren deck truss bridge over Eau Claire River on WI 27
Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Replaced by New Bridge
Built 1935; rehabilitated 1986; Replaced circa 2008
Riveted, 10-panel Warren deck truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 146.0 ft.
Total length: 478.4 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.75278, -91.14472   (decimal degrees)
44°45'10" N, 91°08'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/646851/4957161 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Lake Eau Claire West
Inventory number
BH 34752 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added truss type & categories "10-panel truss", "Riveted"
  • April 10, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 10, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs