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Phoenix Park Trail Bridge


Phoenix Park Trail Bridge

Looking East

Photo taken by John Marvig in May 2012


BH Photo #256613


Street View 


Bridge was assembled from three different bridges.

The 232'6" Whipple Truss was brought in from the East Channel Bridge over the Mississippi River, at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Originally built 1876, the span was cut down 247' in 1903 when it was relocated, and strengthened in 1941 by additional bracing on the upper angle connections and end panels.

The other two spans, a pair of 146'3" Pratt Through Trusses were relocated from side by side bridges. One came from the East Channel Bridge in La Crosse, and the other came from the French Slough Bridge, also in la Crosse. Both were built in 1876 as 160' Spans, and cut down in 1903. Strengthened in 1941 when additional bracing was added to the upper connection.

The floorbeams came from the original Shortline Bridge across the Mississippi River in 1903, and were originally built 1880.

Information comes from the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library


Pratt through truss bridge over Chippewa River on Chippewa River State Trail (former railroad path)
Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians
Built 1903 using relocated parts, abandoned 1981, later turned into a trail
- American Bridge Works of Chicago, Illinois (La Crosse Spans)
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW; CMStP&P; CMStP)
- Rail-to-trail
1-232' Whipple through truss
1-146' Pratt Truss
1-148' Pratt Truss
Length of largest span: 232.0 ft.
Total length: 526.0 ft.
Also called
Phoenix Park Bike Trail Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.81308, -91.50542   (decimal degrees)
44°48'47" N, 91°30'20" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/618178/4963272 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Eau Claire West
Inventory number
BH 47520 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 6, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 1, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added info + related bridge
  • September 1, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added information on build date
  • June 17, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 10, 2012: Updated by John Marvig: Added category "Railroad"
  • January 4, 2011: Added by James McCray

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