2 votes

Fischer Creek Bridge


Looking outheast

Bridge crosses Fischer Creek where it empties into Lake Michigan

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in April 2013


BH Photo #252124



A very lightly built truss bridge


Pony truss bridge over Fischer Creek on Recreational Trail
Cleveland, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians only
Warren pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.93753, -87.71922   (decimal degrees)
43°56'15" N, 87°43'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/442276/4865185 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cleveland East
580 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 55974 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 16, 2014: New photo from Robert Thompson
  • July 3, 2013: Updated by John Marvig: Bridge is a warren pony truss
  • April 6, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Removed "Abandoned" from the title as it's part of the conservation area trail.
  • April 6, 2013: Added by Robert Thompson



Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I see we have a "steel deck grate" category, so a jack-arch deck category is appropriate. I created one here: http://bridgehunter.com/category/tag/jack-arch-deck/

I listed a few bridges, mostly ones I am familiar with but will rely on others to populate the category. A good overview of this deck type is here: http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/environment/doc...

Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted July 8, 2013, by Anonymous

Well, Nathan and Clark, I learn something new every day! I had assumed it was a county highway department re-decking a bridge the "cheap and smart" way. I hadn't realized this technique had a name!

Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Not the first jack arch I've seen here. Should there be a category for them?

Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted July 3, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The deck on this bridge is actually a rare type of deck called a jack arch deck. The corrugated metal and concrete is likely part of the original deck. They were used most often in the first couple decades of the 20th Century. The corrugated metal base between steel stringers with concrete on top is the standard design for jack-arch bridge decks. However, one thing I have recently pieced together is that the metal/concrete jack arch deck may have origins further back, where brick arches were constructed between parallel steel stringers. I think this design was used in buildings. I have not found a bridge example, but here is a storm drain that uses it.

Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted April 9, 2013, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

J.R. - I found it quite a few years ago, but didn't have a chance to document it until last weekend.

Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted April 7, 2013, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Great find, Robert! Did you find this while looking for something else, or did you suspect this bridge was out there?

Fischer Creek Bridge
Posted April 6, 2013, by Robert Thompson

OK, Luke, you win. I meant "Abandoned by thingies with wheels". ;)