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BNSF - Black River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Doug Connel

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BH Photo #269090

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Black River on Railroad (BNSF)
Location
Brice Prairie, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1917
Builder
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Railroads
- BNSF Railway (BNSF)
- Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CBQ)
Design
3 Through Plate Girder Spans (2 at 95', 1 at 77.5')
4-40' Deck Plate Girder Spans
63 Concrete Slab spans
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.0 ft.
Total length: 1,505.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.95991, -91.33826   (decimal degrees)
43°57'36" N, 91°20'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/633318/4868762 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Holmen
Inventory number
BH 58519 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 24, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • November 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added builder
  • November 21, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 23, 2013: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

Comments 

BNSF Black River Bridge
Posted December 17, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here is the page from the book Mr.Gordon-Gilmore mentioned:

http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/digital/lacrosse/OnalaskaSawm...

BNSF Black River Bridge
Posted December 17, 2013, by Randy Gordon-Gilmore (randy [at] prototrains [dot] com)

In 1917 this bridge replaced an earlier bridge composed of two 132-foot Pratt through trusses (I assume, with approach spans). There is a photo of the earlier bridge (apparently in the process of being replaced) in the book "From Sawmills to Sunfish" on page 175. The far truss seems to be in the process of being dismantled, and a recognizable pier for the current bridge is in the river on the near side of the former center pier.

Does anyone know of any other photos of the earlier bridge? Thank you.