A full history of this crossing can be found here.
Replaced the previous bridge built in 1904.
Closed in 1998.
Huron Street was changed to Clybourn Street in the 1920's.
Closed in 1967 and replaced by the current lift bridge in 1968.
There is little to no information on this bridge, other than the fact that it still exists. It's located right next to a dog park and it's relatively easy to gain access to it. The number "1899" was carved into one of the timbers on the West approach, so I assume that was probably the year it was built, as the date that this line was built matches the time frame.
Replaced the last bridge built in 1909.
Had trolley wire and removed in 1963/1964.
Closed in 1985
Closed in 1983
This bridge replaced the previous one built in 1905. Had trolley wire and removed in 1965/1966. Closed in 1982.
Built in 1903
Trolley wire installed in 1938. Removed in 1965/1966.
Closed in 1980
If this bridge is for the old line as the photo indicates, this would be from the old northern line that crossed the canal north of the current CP railroad bridge. The northern line was rerouted to connect to the main line to the south of the current bridge; this photo also notes removal and not replacement. The angle that the sun is shining on the bridge would indicate that it is in more of a east-west orientation vs the current north-south main line bridge. The old northern line bridge would have been located north of the current Hwy 33 crossing; a bridge for Harold LeJeune Snomobile Park is almost exactly where the old bridge was located. Using aerial maps you can see where the old railroad ROW was located and where the bridge was located.
I recommend this 1995 prestressed stringer be deleted.
Mark -most railroad owned bridges are not in the NBI
I could not find this bridge in NBI.
Sad, but yet it was to be expected from the lowly Wisconsin DOT.
Demolition now in progress. Truss spans to disappear by the end of September latest. https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2022/08/23/cob... Also includes details on the failed attempts to preserve the truss spans and plans to save sections of the bridge for the museum and an online display.
Major malfunction in July 2021, went up, didn’t come back down.. for two weeks!
Major malfunction in July 2021, went up, didn’t come back down.. for two weeks!
Wondering about information on the bridge prior to this.
I found some blueprints for this bridge at the CNWHS archives. My previous assumption of where the two trusses came from was correct. Unfortunately, I found no other information on the girder spans, which were listed simply as “secondhand”. There is another packet of prints…somewhere in the archives which give more information. I also suspect the other trusses nearby may have some blueprints at the archives.
On August 19, 2021; I was lucky enough to get a full tour of the Bridge Tower and the mechanics beneath the bridge. Very kind maintenance workers that were with me the duration of the tour!
Bridge replacement project page, with opportunity to comment until July 21, 2022:
The states of MN and WI have both decided that rehabilitation of the existing bridge is infeasible. That could be due to the complication of a rare tied-arch suspended span on a cantilever bridge. (This must be questioned, although the 2.5 star rating suggests that this bridge is not especially loved. OTOH, the truss arch Dubuque Mississippi River bridge is one of everyone's favorites.)
However there is a clear need to redesign the present convoluted interchange at the Wisconsin end, to allow US-53 traffic to flow to the bridge without an absurd signalized intersection where northbound and southbound US-53 cross one another.
There is also no discussion of bridge design. A truss arch, similar to the existing bridge, or a cable suspension might be popular. I fear yet another boring cable stayed bridge. A much lower (and cheaper) moveable bridge could be possible, since tall ships are not frequent. A tunnel option has been ruled out.
You list that this bridge isn’t fully operational but it is & opens almost daily for larger boats & sailboats!
You can indeed rent the bridge lighting for gender reveals.
Me and my wife are expecting our first child was wondering if we can rent the home Bridget lights for a gender reveal
Removed "removable." category, as I suspect this is simply a steel stringer suspended span on a cantilever truss. Its not over railroad tracks (as HAER claims) and the height/width ratio of the crossing means a supposed manually removable span would only accommodate very carefully navigated sailboats and its a bit far from Green Bay to expect significant sailboat traffic...
Thank You for the excellent photographs. Notations to the Railroad as being CNRR are incorrect. The Railroad is Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).
From the cliff visible in the postcard, I'd say this is the southernmost crossing of the Wisconsin River at Lone Rock, where the river is bounded by a high bluff.
Not sure how accurate this date is, but if the 1889 date on this image is correct it would make this bridge much older than 1907.
The De Pere Historical Society also mentions how the need for a new bridge in the late 1880's led to the merging of De Pere and West De Pere:
This bridge is intriguing me more and more the more I look at it...looks like an encyclopedia of every truss design in the books!
Will try to do more research on this intriguing bridge tomorrow, but for now this looks like an early iteration of this bridge complete with boxed pony trusses and a spur line.
I recall hanging out at this bridge and other spots on the Rib river many times back in my teenage years!
Good to see this oldie being cared for... Likely wouldn't be around if the state of Wisconsin had anything to do with it!
This bridge has become another mystery. It was built here in 1929, while two spans of the same age, size and design were built at Spring Green (http://bridgehunter.com/wi/richland/bh50335/) in 1927, and another identical span was built in Iowa (http://bridgehunter.com/ia/greene/raccoon-river-trail/) in 1930. I am not sure if these are related, or where they would have come from. During this time, the Milwaukee Road was rebuilding the Chicago-Kansas City mainline, which may have produced some of these spans.
I was able to find some information on this bridge from a bridge index located at the Milwaukee Road Archives..although the information is not complete.
It appears that most of the bridge, minus the two pony truss spans, was built in 1910-1911 of secondhand material. Unfortunately, this index did not give original locations as some indexes did. Fortunately, I was informed there was another index of "B" bridges at the MRA, hopefully which can help solve this bridge..
It looks to me like a regular iron/steel truss with a wooden deck rather than an actual timber truss, but I could be wrong as the photo is not real close up.
One postcard ad claims this was the wooden truss bridge.
This article gives some interesting history on the Shawtown Bridge, although I'm not quite sure what to make of the dates as it seems to indicate that the 1884-1925 bridge at the site was a large wooden truss rather than the metal span pictured in the postcard on this page.
This span came from one of many "I" bridges I cannot track down. When the Milwaukee Road realigned their tracks from Polo, Missouri into Kansas City, the Milwaukee Road numbering system was abandoned and the Rock Island renumbered the new bridges.
Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Road Archives, where today's updates were pulled from does not have many of the mainline bridge indexes, such as the C, I, K, L, O, R, S and Z bridges, which were mainly donors of spans to these branch lines. I strongly suspect that the Soo Line/Canadian Pacific acquired them after the merger in 1985.
The "Allis" passenger station was built into the abutment with stairs leading up to the tracks. Since the 1940's it has been home of the Milwaukee "O" Gauge Model Railroad Club.
The bridge was removed after 1991 in a way that was similar to the nearby WC RR trestle, BH 97714.
All the wood pilings were cut off a foot above the waterline.
Looks like a polygonal Warren
Its actually a glu-lam stringer with a roof. Not eligible for its own webpage under established guidelines for the website.
Here are some pictures of the new covered bridge in this spot that was referenced in previous comments.
Facebook has come alive with posts about this bridge. It started with a post by Bill Worden, whose ancestors in the Worden-Allen Company built it. He wants to go on a road trip on US 20, seeing bridges in his family heritage. That led to this bridge, an easy detour from US 20.
The facebook page about this bridge now has a lot of photos and links, of the bridge before, during, and after its move.
From the Milwaukee County Parks Department:
The Doyne Park Landfill was used as a quarry in the early 1900’s and later used by the City of Milwaukee for the disposal of solid waste (also formerly known as the Hawley Road Landfill). The site is approximately 40 acres in size. Milwaukee County owns the easterly 35 acres and the Badger Association of the Blind, who uses it for a parking lot, owns the westerly 5 acres. Records regarding waste disposal at the site are vague but suggest that filling may have begun in the 1940’s. WDNR records indicate that the site received wood, old appliances, and street sweepings before it closed in 1976. The total volume of the waste on the entire site is estimated to be between 2.5 and 5.2 million cubic yards. This site is located northeast from the intersection of Hawley Road and Wells Street in Milwaukee. (So maybe the bridge was used for the landfill or for the conversion to the park?)
I believe this is a duplicate of https://bridgehunter.com/wi/brown/bh47446/ .
Doyne Park Hiking Trails
There appears to be remnants of a paved/groomed trail along the riverbank leading to the bridge. It connects to the County Oak Leaf Trail at the west end of the park underneath Hawley Road.
Page 102 discusses the spans of this bridge, and their unusual size.
I drove by this bridge and it's twin this past weekend, although I was not able to get shots. While I previously thought it had been replaced between 2014 and 2017, it actually was rehabilitated, and the superstructure appeared to remain the same.
It appears WSOR has rehabilitated many bridges, most of which look like total replacements on aerial imagery, but are just strengthening, adding a new deck and encasing the substructure.
While a common style of bridge, it's a bummer this one got torn down. I have not seen this builder anywhere else (yet).
This was a previous discussion about identical plaques but different builders. Not many companies used Chicago Bridge & Iron Works, but the C&NW gave them the "master contract" for bridge steel around 1/29/1915 and renewed for another year around 12/10/1915, for a total of 6,050 tons of bridge steel. I assume this span was one of the last to be built under that contract. As previously stated, I also believe that the span with the 1917 plaque replaced a trestle approach. As far as I know, these were the only two contracts the C&NW let to Chicago B&I.
Great to see this one back open with relatively minor alteration!
The bridge has now been reopened. The substructures were repointed, while the middle pier was partially rebuilt. While I think it sticks out, I do think the job was excellent in the end. It’s not every day you see that kind of money and engineering used to preserve a bridge.
I agree. A culvert from the 1980s has little historic value, if any.
Probably could be deleted
John, yes, like I mentioned, I didn't put a lot of stock in the 1894 date when I stumbled across it, being as it came from the local chamber of commerce and not exactly a historic bridge authority. Sounds like it is definitely incorrect from what you've uncovered.
The document that supplied the build date was a 1918 valuation inspection, as required by the ICC. This style bridge was mainly built between 1898 and 1902, and was a standard design for the railroad
The covered bridge in the aerials is a 65' modern covered bridge that carries a paved, bike/hike trail. A picturesque little span, but I doubt it merits inclusion on here, especially since the trusses appear to be non-structural and roof-supporting only.
This webpage has a picture and some information about a third of the way down the page: https://www.9news.com/article/news/nation-now/8-picture-perf...
Another photo and more info: http://www.dalejtravis.com/bridge/wisconsn/htm/49063c.htm
Google Aerial imagery shows a new covered bridge being here, but I see no mention of it on this site. Any info on that?
The pony truss appears to be a WIBCo. product from ca. 1880. so this would have been at a different location.
Yeah, that's why I left a comment instead.
At any rate, both dates are now on the page for future reference.
I trust the railroad historic archives John cited over local historians
John, et al,
This source gives a construction date of 1894. Not exactly sure how authoritative it can be considered.
The pre-2011 NBI data gives this as a steel stringer built in 1922, so I'm uncertain whether this is an error or whether the "rehabilitation" in 1960 was really more of a replacement project in which the plate girders were replaced with stringers.
This bridge appears doomed
It appears repairs are almost complete. Pier caps were being poured last week on the outer two piers, and the center pier's forms should hopefully be removed in the next week or two. The bridge is not yet holding itself under its own weight per the photos on the facebook page dated 2/15, however an article posted to WQOW last week gives an updated expected reopening date for March 2022. https://www.wqow.com/news/high-bridge-re-opening-timeline-se...
Surprised nobody has commented about these couple unique bridges in this area. The important thing to note is the bridge APPEARS to be unaltered. If it is indeed unaltered it is a very unusual bridge, perhaps illustrating a railroad's early and perhaps cautious attempt to experiment with concrete as a building material, while still holding on to time-tested older designs. Truly a unique design, the arch consists of:
1. Stone Voussoir
2. Brick Barrel
3. Concrete Spandrel
Not sure how often all three materials are found being used structurally as ORIGINAL details. Brick and stone alone is notable on stone arch bridges.
I have tried to clarify the design of this bridge. In 1910, concrete railings were not built as wide or wider than a human (see drone photo) unless they played a load-bearing role (as concrete through girders). So it seems obvious that this bridge's girders play a structural role. However it also has t-beams under the deck. Obviously these play a role as well. The only logical conclusion is that this bridge utilizes load-bearing features of BOTH the girders and the t-beams. Indeed basic engineering teaching that trusses and girders are basically a form of beam bridge thus the two structures should not be in conflict with one another and I would assume the rebar in the deck helps the girders perform their function (since the bridge lacks articulated floorbeams). Here is a long-lost bridge in Michigan that is also a girder/t-beam hybrid but WITH articulated floorbeams: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=m...
This bridge is listed as a "through truss" and as "built 1928" on this website. In looking at Mark's photos, I noticed that the through truss appears to be of 100% welded construction and appears to be sitting on a two span stringer/girder structure.
If my theory is correct, then this is NOT a truss bridge as currently listed.
Just don't understand why they would even put another bridge in when the county road J bridge is just down the road, wish it could have been saved..
It wasn't their picture, and the source is copywritten, so we can't.
See the picture posted August 14, 2021, by Haddon Taylor in the comment at the bottom of the page of BH 41908 SOO - Vaughn Avenue Overpass. It shows the limestone blocks of what's left of this CNW bridge.
That picture below in the comments is looking north along Vaughn, showing the CNW limestone block foundations, then the NP bridge which still exists as the Tri County Trail, and in the distance, almost hidden, is the Soo Line bridge.
This picture shows the CNW foundations so well that it should be also included in CNW - Vaughn Avenue Bridge BH 41915
I'm personally "meh" on StreetView imagery for bridges where any distinguishing features (deck trusses like this one, or arches) are below street-level and therefore wouldn't show.
I think somebody just looked at the street view and listed it as lost because it appeared to be a modern bridge from the roadway--the status line originally said "replaced based on street view".
This is a hard bridge to find photos of! I am attaching the only two I found because they were on realtor websites and may not be available indefinitely. I was concerned because it seemed like an unusual low level bridge for a deck truss, but its simple spans with no variable depth. I agree I see no evidence this bridge has been replaced.
I'm not seeing any evidence that this bridge has actually been replaced....the NBI still lists it as a deck truss.
I changed the location of this one from Racine to Milwaukee Street because the HAER report indicated that the first bridge on Racine was built in 1936 and one of the buildings near the bridge in the postcards shows up in street view today next to the Milwaukee Street crossing.
Definitely looks like the same style of v-lacing as the Bieneman Bridge.
Totally agree with you Nathan. I was just looking at some Milwaukee B&I spans and feel like it could definitely be a product of theirs.
I strongly agree, given its unusual vertical members and its location in Wisconsin, I suspect it to be an 1870s product of Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works see interior verticals here: http://bridgehunter.com/wi/racine/bieneman/ or diagonals here: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=t...
Interesting arched portals and v-laced endposts on this one. 1870's perhaps?
Why did this have a Street View for the replacement UCEB for 11 years and change? O_o
My grandfather, father, and I were some of the last people to use this bridge in 1994. We crossed it in the morning on our way to Wabasha, MN, and by time we came home, the new bridge was open.
HAER documentation says this is a Warren pony. HAER photos show a Warren through. ??
Also see the Vaughn Creek bridge erected the same year,
BH 95907. That is two miles east of the Bad River, and almost as big.
Yeah, we had a stretch there where questionable people were adding questionable bridges. Unfortunately when the term "Notable" was added to the title it opened up a can of rotten worms.
Not sure why this bridge is on here....
Interesting find! I can't say I've seen those rounded corners on the top chords/endposts before. Also, the spans appear rather lightweight and simple in design.
I went to see this bridge in 1978 after I heard about it being burnt (a few years earlier) by some kids 'camping out'. That fire closed this end of the railroad. Which lead to an interesting story by a shipping agent of some mill in Michigan who noticed his shipping rates for cars of lumber to Wisconsin. The cost went up when it showed more miles
than previous shipments. There are other routes out of Michigan, but this was the shortest one for him.
Apparently, the railroad had held the cost steady for a few years after the fire, and just routed the cars over the next best (but longer) route. Until they finally just charged the actual rate. The shipping agent inquired about the higher cost and pointed out that the line was still shown as being in service by railroad maps and the Official Guide. And after a few months, the railroad said OK, they would hold to the cost of the older shorter route, even though the fire made that defunct years earlier.
Build date and builder come from https://books.google.com/books?id=4A1CAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA1121&dq=... , which is dated 1910
I believe the Oliver Bridge was built in 1916 (not 1910), by an Act of Congress. The railroad operating it was the Interstate Railway, a paper railroad owned by US Steel, and operated by the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway, which was merged into the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway, which was bought by CN Rail (Canadian National Railway) in a merger/acquisition with the Wisconsin Central Railroad.
An earlier wooden bridge, allegedly built in 1908 (close to the current Oliver Bridge) served to transport commodities to interchange points in Wisconsin.
I don't believe it is this bridge.
This article suggests its the Wisconsin & Southern bridges, which would indicate these are going to be girder bridges.
A project of unknown scope is slated for several railroad bridges in this county including the "Rock River Bridge" which I assume is this one.
This "might" be the work of the Milwaukee Bridge Company given the location of the bridge, and the unusual pin-connected Warren truss design. https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=t...
The sad reality that is Wisconsin and their lack of respect for historic truss bridges.
Another bridge will bit the dust The WIS DOT has plans to replaced this bridge in 2022 says there website. The current structure has corrosion and a concrete pier has exposed rebar. For that the bridge replacement move up to 2022. It most Lightly be replaced by a Concrete bridge. Very Sad to see Another Truss Bridge to be destroyed.
I corrected the build date on this bridge from 1898 to 1907, the date on a drawing for the center pier on this bridge that I obtained from excess blueprints being sold by the Milwaukee Road Archives.
This seems to be where the 1898 date came from, which was the correct date for the now demolished parallel bridge.