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UP - Fall Creek Pond Bridge

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UP Fall Creek Bridge

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Photo taken by John Marvig in June 2013

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BH Photo #256720

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge over Fall Creek on Union Pacific Railroad
Location
Fall Creek, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Pony Truss built 1891, Deck Plate Girder built 1901
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Deck Plate Girder)
- Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois (Pony Truss)
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway (CMO)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Design
Pratt pony truss and deck plate girder side by side
Dimensions
Span length: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 90.0 ft.
Also called
UP - Fall Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.76881, -91.28142   (decimal degrees)
44°46'08" N, 91°16'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/635994/4958705 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fall Creek
Inventory number
BH 56598 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 23, 2015: New photos from Charles Kuehn
  • August 16, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 18, 2013: New photos from John Marvig
  • June 16, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added Builders
  • June 13, 2013: Added by John Marvig

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Comments 

UP - Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted December 30, 2015, by Charles Kuehn

John,

I have a long way to go to match your contributions to this site!

Actually, no, I never worked for a railroad. I did, however, work for a bridge contractor as an Ironworker for twenty-five years, during which I got around most of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Mostly I worked on highway bridges, with a few railroad structures thrown in.

Lifelong railfan, combined with a professional investment in bridges. I've lived my entire life in Fall Creek, Wisconsin.

UP - Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted December 24, 2015, by John Marvig (Marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Charles,

Nice to see the pictures you have posted of bridges I have been planing to access for a while. Did you work for the railroad?

Thanks,

John

UP - Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted December 23, 2015, by Charles Kuehn (ckuehncnwhs [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Chicago and North Western single tracked this line ca. 1965, after the Twin Cities 400 passenger trains were discontinued. Not sure age had anything to do with which half retained its rails. I'm sure many other factors affected which track remained in place.

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Interesting! Those are some really old riveted trusses. Apparently in 1888 lassig made riveted trusses, but also made pin connected trusses in 1899. It certainly is a major difference!

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

There are a couple of Lassig ponies on the site, none alike. This one also dates to the 1880s and lacks the lacing.

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/dodge/bh50329/

Unlike most modern bridges there was an interesting amount of variety in the designs of even the same builder.

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

I don't doubt that. What is curious is the size and heavy building of the truss. Its one of the few riveted pratt trusses I've seen on railroads, and for 1894, the lack of lacing makes me real curious.

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

My guess is they left the track on the newer bridge.

Watch yourself on the ice...!

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

Yes, confirmed by binoculars. I will try to get back up close this winter when it is frozen.

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Does the DPG plate date it as 1911?

UP Fall Creek Pond Bridge
Posted October 1, 2013, by John Marvig (johnmarvig [at] chaska [dot] net)

The pony truss on this structure is odd as it was clearly built by Lassig Bridge & Iron Works in 1894, yet it is riveted and has almost zero lacing. Anyone want to weigh in on if the 1894 date is correct? The line was relocated here that year, and double tracked in 1911