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Milwaukee Street Bridge


General View Of Bridge, Looking South

Photo taken by Martin Stupich, June 20, 1987 for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #120283

Street View 


Lost concrete arch bridge over Rock River on Milwaukee Street in Watertown
Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
Demolished, replaced by UCEB 2008
Built 1930
- Eau Claire Engineering Co.
- Luten Engineering Co.
"Watertown city officials declared the existing Milwaukee Street Bridge unsafe in 1929 and began considering plans for erecting a steel girder or concrete bridge. Daniel B. Luten, a prominent bridge designer in Indianapolis, submitted a plan for an open arch concrete span. The Common Council accepted Luten's design and let the construction contract to the Eau Claire Engineering Company. The firm completed the three-span bridge in November 1930. The bridge is significant for its aesthetic lines and for its affiliation with the Indianapolis designer."
Diane Kromm, Wisconsin Historic Bridge Recording Project, Summer 1987
Length of largest span: 82.0 ft.
Total length: 240.2 ft.
Deck width: 30.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.18990, -88.72615   (decimal degrees)
43°11'24" N, 88°43'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/359737/4783349 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 34733 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 23, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • November 12, 2010: New photos from Jason Smith
  • September 21, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • August 8, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 7, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Description and added GPS coordinates


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-33 - Milwaukee Street Bridge, Spanning Rock River, Watertown, Jefferson County, WI
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com