Kewaunee Railroad Swing Bridge
Photo taken by Robert Thompson
This bridge carried the Green Bay & Western railway to the cross-lake ferry dock in Kewaunee Harbor. Large ferries, including SS BADGER and SS SPARTAN http://www.bridgehunter.com/wi/manitowoc/bh36321/
carried railroad cars across Lake Michigan, providing eastern Wisconsin and points west rail service to the east that bypassed the congested Chicago region. This service was discontinued in Kewaunee around 1990; rail ferry service continued a few more years in Manitowoc, 25 miles further south.
It is doubtful that this bridge was ever required to open for river traffic. There are no docks or facilities upstream of the city of Kewaunee.
- Deck plate girder bridge over Kewaunee River on Ahnapee State Trail (formerly Green Bay & Western railroad.
- Kewaunee, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
- Future prospects
- Part of Department of Natural Resources trail system
- Wooden trestles extend from earthen causeways to the riveted steel girder swing span, The swing mechanism is still intact on a deteriorating wooden crib; the bridge is currently supported by recent steel piers on each side of the wooden center pier.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
- Also called
- Green Bay and Western Kewaunee River bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.47353, -87.51324 (decimal degrees)
44°28'25" N, 87°30'48" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/459179/4924596 (zone/easting/northing)
- 585 ft. above sea level
- USGS topographic map
- Inventory number
- BH 51915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- March 31, 2012: Added by Robert Thompson