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Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge

Photos 

Barrel shot, looking southwest

Gated off for your protection

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in June 2010

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BH Photo #168191

Map 

Description 

This bridge carried a railroad spur north across the Peshtigo River to service a now-demolished paper mill.

Facts 

Overview
Pony truss bridge over Peshtigo River on Abandoned Railroad Track
Location
Peshtigo, Marinette County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1905
Railroads
- Rail-to-trail
- Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad (W&M)
Design
4 span pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.0 ft.
Total length: 330.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.05267, -87.74609   (decimal degrees)
45°03'10" N, 87°44'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/441250/4989072 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Marinette West
Elevation
600 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 45536 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • January 9, 2014: Updated by Robert Thompson: CHanged status: bridge closed to all access.
  • April 22, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad", "Railroad"
  • June 19, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Rail-to-trail"
  • June 18, 2012: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • August 28, 2011: New photo from Robert Thompson
  • January 17, 2011: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • June 22, 2010: Added by Robert Thompson

Sources 

Comments 

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Don Morrison

Yes! If you use the ruler Nathan suggested, you can click "I'm feeling geeky" and get your choice of quite a number of different ancient and modern measurement units.

Google Earth has a ruler function as well.

I'm always feeling geeky! 8^p

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 7, 2013, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I use a measuring tool on Google where you can draw lines on the map. I don't use it for anything mission critical, but I figure it gives a good estimate. Zoom in as far as possible on satellite view for best results. https://support.google.com/maps/answer/1628031?hl=en

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 4, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

The length is not listed here but here's a way you can find out. Click the google maps link next to the location map. Zoom in until the bridge is about to fill the screen. Use the scale in the lower left corner to estimate the length of the bridge. I know, more math....

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 4, 2013, by J VanVooren (vanvoorenj [at] peshtigo [dot] k12 [dot] wi [dot] us)

I am looking for the length of the Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge for a 4th grade math project. We are comparing the length of bridges by making a graph. Do you know this information?

Thanks!

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted September 14, 2013, by Jim Hanna (jimsjoynt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad crossed the C&NW at grade just a little north of the old C&NW station, the slab of that station is still there. They had a team track to the west of the station. Their station, round house, car shop, and other building were the pulp storage yard was later on. The city of Peshtigo got it on back tax's deal.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted April 22, 2013, by Jim Hanna (jimsjoynt [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge was built by the Wisconsin & Michigan Railway (The Iron Range) not the C&NW some time around 1910 to the west northwest they had a station & round house were the old pulp mill was. they gave the bridge to the City of Peshtigo when they abandon the line from Peshtigo harbor to Bagley Jct.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted November 14, 2012, by Nathan Holth

Robert,

I was in the area on October 21st. I didn't realize you lived in the area. Do you know any more about the history of this bridge? It is a spur off of what appears to be a Chicago NorthWestern Line (based on the lattice trusses of the RR bridge to the south), but the design of these trusses is similar to a bridge on a Wisconsin and Michigan Railroad Line.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 27, 2012, by Robert Thompson (rkt,engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

When did you pass through, Nathan? I live just a quarter mile north of this bridge!

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 27, 2012, by Anonymous

Well, the new UECB replacing the old UECB has been completed and opened. They are going to shut down the pedestrian path on this bridge for the winter, but there is talk about re-opening it next summer. Here's hoping!

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted October 21, 2012, by Nathan Holth

Field visit of bridge today. Bridge remains open to pedestrians despite new highway bridge being open to traffic. Plywood pedestrian deck surface will not last however. Already feels spongy.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted June 18, 2012, by Robert Thompson

New photos posted; the bridge is now back in service as a temporary bicycle / pedestrian bridge.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted May 2, 2012, by Robert Thompson

The railroad rails have been removed prior to re-decking for bicycle/pedestrian use. The bridge is still gated off with "ABSOLUTELY NO TRESPASSING" signs in place. It appears that handrails will need to be added as well.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted April 22, 2012, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)

Owing to the upcoming replacement of the existing highway UECB with a sparkly-new UECB, the City of Peshtigo has come to an agreement with BMC (Badger Mills Corporation, the owner of this bridge) to allow the bridge to be used for bicycle and pedestrian traffic during the construction period this summer. AACER, a world-wide producer of hardwood flooring based in Peshtigo, will be donating wooden decking to provide a user-friendly surface over the railroad ties.

Since the other end of the bridge goes through an industrial area attached to the paper mill, trail users will have to stay within a designated lane. Still, this is a good sign; perhaps this arrangement could be continued after construction is complete?

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted August 28, 2011, by Robert Thompson

I fully agree. The riverfront across from the paper mill is being purchased by the city to expand their parklands... the bridge would be a perfect tie-in.

Peshtigo Paper Mill Railroad Bridge
Posted August 28, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This thing has pedestrian trail usage written all over it!