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WC - Manitowoc River Bridge (Old)

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WC - Manitowoc River Bridge

Hinged lift bridge no longer exist

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in February 2015

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BH Photo #314934

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt pony truss bridge over Manitowoc River on Wisconsin Central RR
Location
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
Status
No longer exists
History
Replaced in 1926
Builder
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Railroad
- Wisconsin Central Railway (WC)
Design
Hinged lift type Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Span length: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 75.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.09677, -87.66562   (decimal degrees)
44°05'48" N, 87°39'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446721/4882835 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Manitowoc
Inventory number
BH 65794 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 23, 2015: Updated by Robert Thompson: Corrected location of bridge on the map.
  • February 2, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 1, 2015: Added by Douglas Butler

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Comments 

WC - Manitowoc River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 3, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

To add to questions for Douglas, these are interesting advertisements, ones I haven't come across in my research. Curious what date they are, and what publication they were in.

WC - Manitowoc River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 3, 2015, by Robert Thompson (rkt (dot) engineering (at) gmail (dot) com)

Are you sure that is the correct location?

1) The current railroad bridge at this location spans a deep valley, with the deck about 80 feet above the river. There would be no way to get this part of the rail line down to the lower level of the lift bridge.

2) The river at this point is no more than two or three feet deep, and there were no industries this far upriver.

I would suggest that this bridge was one of the many further downriver, where the river was improved for navigation and extensively used by shipping.

WC - Manitowoc River Bridge (Old)
Posted February 2, 2015, by Douglas Butler

A Hinged type lift bridge was constructed in the early century.