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CN - Upper Burger Swing Bridge

Photos 

"Upstream" Swing Bridge, looking north

The defunct Manitowoc Shipbuilding shipyard is beyond the bridge to the right; yacht-builder Burger Boat Co. is beyond on the left.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson

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BH Photo #193325

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Street View 

Description 

This bridge was built as a swing bridge, to allow navigation upstream of Manitowoc Shipbuilding and Burger Boat Company. It has been kept in the closed position for decades; since around the time of Great Depression, there have been no industries upstream of this bridge that required vessel access. There had been an unloading gantry on the north side of the river for coal or some other bulk material; photos do not show it after the Second World War. The swing span was relocated from Milwaukee in 1900

Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Manitowoc River on Fox Valley and Western
Location
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1896, Relocated here in 1900
Railroads
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fox River Valley Railroad (FRVR)
- Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 175.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.09680, -87.67048   (decimal degrees)
44°05'48" N, 87°40'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446332/4882843 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manitowoc
Elevation
576 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48037 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • August 27, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 4, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date and common name
  • April 22, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 8, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Fox Valley & Western Ltd."
  • December 5, 2011: Updated by Robert Thompson: Updated history with new data.
  • February 6, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson

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