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CN - Manitowoc River High Bridge


Manitowoc High Trestle, looking east

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in February 2011


BH Photo #193320



This bridge carries a main rail line over the valley of the Manitowoc river, which is entrenched into the surrounding plain. While this bridge has enough clearance to allow passage of vessels, the river is shallow at this point and there is no evidence of navigation this far upstream.

From http://kohlin.com/Manitowoc2005/ >>In the background is the C&NW High Bridge. From the convention handout: "High Bridge. Crossing the Manitowoc River, it can be viewed from Manitowoc Park, Clay Pit Road, Evergreen Cemetery, or walk to it from Schuette Park. It is 1,022' long and is nearly 80' over the water. It was built between 1906 and 1908 when the line was completed to Green Bay. It is used Mon-Wed-Fri to service customers in Rockwood and the north side of Manitowoc.<<


Deck plate girder bridge over Manitowoc River on Fox Valley and Western
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
- Fox River Valley Railroad (FRVR)
- Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Multiple-span riveted deck girder with riveted truss piers. There are separate spans at each pier, in addition to the ones between piers.
Length of largest span: 60.0 ft.
Total length: 1,009.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.10309, -87.68378   (decimal degrees)
44°06'11" N, 87°41'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/445273/4883550 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
670 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48036 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • June 1, 2016: New photo from Peter Johnson
  • December 27, 2015: New photo from Charles Kuehn
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Wisconsin Central Ltd.", "Fox River Valley Railroad", "Fox Valley & Western Ltd."
  • December 23, 2011: Updated by Robert Thompson: Added new information
  • February 6, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson