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Auburn Bridge


View of south truss and outrigger

Photo taken by Matt Lohry in December 2014


BH Photo #311427


Street View 


This little Warren pony truss bridge carries a private driveway over the Milwaukee River. The exact build date is uncertain, but based on the design of the bridge, it was probably built around 1900-1910. Connections are riveted, and bolted with original square-head bolts. The upper chords are composed of back-to-back angles to form a T-shaped cross section, and they are continuous from bearing to bearing, and are curved at the hips. The concrete deck appears original. The abutments are concrete and are showing some sever scour around the water lines. The bridge has likely been repainted, but otherwise appears unaltered and looks to be in excellent condition. The owner of this house is one of the few luckies out there who gets his own historic bridge for his own use! And, being on a private drive, the bridge is not in immediate danger of demolition.


Warren pony truss with alternating verticals bridge over Milwaukee River on Private driveway
Campbellsport, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
Collapsed by a dump truck with full load of gravel
- Worden-Allen Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Warren pony truss with alternating verticals
Span length: 40.0 ft.
Total length: 40.0 ft.
Deck width: 11.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.60723, -88.26435   (decimal degrees)
43°36'26" N, 88°15'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/397965/4829026 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 65183 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2018: New photos from Matt Lohry
  • April 27, 2017: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed wayward coordinates
  • April 27, 2017: Updated by Matt Lohry: Updated status--this bridge has collapsed, putting its future at risk.
  • December 31, 2014: New Street View added by Matt Lohry


  • Matt Lohry
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com


Auburn Bridge
Posted May 11, 2018, by Matt Lohry

I placed photos of the wreckage with the others--be sure you have a barf bag handy before you view them.

Auburn Bridge
Posted May 10, 2018, by Matt Lohry

I stopped to see this bridge earlier today, and I wish I hadn’t. It’s a truly heartbreaking sight. Damage is far worse than I imagined. It would take a miracle worker to fix this one :’(

Auburn Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wow! Despite what the updates say... I only fixed the coordinates once! ;-p

Auburn Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That really stinks! A rather unique bridge with the rounded upper chord/endpost angles. It never ceases to amaze me how clueless people really are!

Auburn Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

***odd***. Sometimes voice recognition fails.

Auburn Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well that is a shame. This was a very interesting little bridge. It reminds me of those are paired angle pony trusses in Kansas and Missouri.

Auburn Bridge
Posted April 27, 2017, by Matt Lohry

A sad day in our world, I received news today that this bridge has been destroyed by an overweight gravel truck. The stories due to recklessness and clueless truck drivers is getting out of control.