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Bearskin Trail - US-51 Bridge


Replaced by a new rail-trail bridge

Photo taken by Mark Boettcher in August 2020


BH Photo #507868

Street Views 


Group is trying to preserve one girder of the bridge


Pony/through plate girder bridge over US-51 on Bearskin Trail
Oneida County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1938; Removed 2016
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Pony plate girder
Span length: 58.0 ft.
Total length: 58.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.78389, -89.71227   (decimal degrees)
45°47'02" N, 89°42'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/289168/5073614 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 70997 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2021: New photo from Mark Boettcher
  • December 23, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 12, 2016: New Street View added by John Marvig



Bearskin Trail - US-51 Bridge
Posted December 23, 2016, by Dana


Spoke today with Bob Metropulos Chairman Board Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. They have retrieved bridge and have in storage to be re erected as entrance. They could use a couple of things. of Course support with monetary donations. Contributions may be made online at www.cfnocw.org Make sure to designate as T -Bird Bridge project. Old school contributions of cash Check or money order may be mailed to Community foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin 500 First Street Suite 2600 Wausau WI 54403. Please mark as for TBird Bridge Project. Sounds like they could use a little technical help with support design and rust killing. Neither of which is my expertise. Bob is very interested in hearing from Pontist experts and said OK to give contact number of 715-356-7001. Any one who can help with donations or guidance Wisconsin T bird Bridge lovers would appreciate. Think of all the future bridge preservationists a project like this can generate!

Bearskin Trail - US-51 Bridge
Posted December 22, 2016, by John Marvig

While the bridge was removed, the local school and community are working hard to relocate it and use it as a decoration. See flyer below which came from a gas station in Minocqua.