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CN - New London Swing Bridge

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A round center pier is a dead giveaway for a Swing bridge.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in October 2009

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Description 

The swing mechanism has been removed and replaced with a timber cribbing.

Historic Significance: 

Written by Robert Thompson

Why is there a swing bridge in this remote location?

The Wolf River was part of the lumber route from northern Wisconsin to the sawmills and paper mills of the Fox River Valley. The Lower Wolf River is a meandering river without steep gradient; here, log rafts were pulled by tugboat to the mills, about 48 miles downstream by water. This swing bridge allowed the tugs to navigate past the rail crossing.

Facts 

Overview
Deck plate girder bridge over Wolf River on Canadian National Railway
Location
New London, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
Status
Swing Bridge on the Wolf River; rendered `fixed' after this portion of the Wolf River was made non-navigable by the construction of a fixed bridge downstream.
History
Built 1893
Railroads
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railway (MLS&W)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Design
One fixed span, one (formerly) swing span.
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 130.0 ft.
Total length: 180.0 ft.
Also called
CN - Wolf River Swing Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.39376, -88.73163   (decimal degrees)
44°23'38" N, 88°43'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/362088/4917066 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New London
Land survey
T. 22 N., R. 14 E.
Inventory number
BH 43565 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: added build date
  • September 29, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 22, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 22, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected Railroad Data
  • October 31, 2009: Essay added by Robert Thompson

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Robert Thompson
  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke
  • John Marvig - marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com