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C&NW - Big Rib River Bridge

Photo 

C&NW Bridge Over Big Rib River

Matt Bourke -May 2010

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BH Photo #224497

Map 

Description 

This bridge is one of the last surviving structures from an abandoned Chicago and Northwestern line in northcentral Wisconsin. Bridge spans the Big Rib River approximately five miles east of Marathon City.

Facts 

Overview
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Big Rib River on former Chicago and Northwestern Railway
Location
Marathon County, Wisconsin
Status
Abandoned
History
Construction of this bridge was completed in early 1921 by the C&NW railway. It replaced a combination wood tressel/through truss bridge built by the Milwaukee, Lakeshore, and Western railroad in 1891 when the line was originally laid.
Railroad
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Design
Deck plate girder bridge consisting of five 75' sections sitting on cut stone piers and abutments
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 75.0 ft.
Total length: 375.0 ft.
Also called
CNW - Big Rib River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.94213, -89.75347   (decimal degrees)
44°56'32" N, 89°45'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/282765/4980210 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marathon
Inventory number
BH 51180 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Chicago & North Western Railway"
  • August 9, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
  • February 3, 2012: Added by Matt Bourke

Sources 

  • Matt Bourke

Comments 

CNW - Big Rib River Bridge
Posted June 10, 2014, by Thomas Becher (slimman_4 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge is also known locally as the "Black Bridge". It is unsafe to walk on as the timbers on the top are rotting.

There are several postcard pictures of a railroad accident at the bridge.