November 2018. I don't know who started this page about the railroad bridge, but I am glad they did. The first street view shows a panoramic view of the highway 13 bridge, but the railroad bridge foundations are out of sight below the west concrete railing. The old railroad bridge stone foundations are best seen while standing on the west edge of the highway bridge, looking down in the river.
I haven't found a picture of the bridge structure, nor found anyone who remembers and could describe it. This portion of the Flambeau Paper Company railroad was in operation from 1912 to 1923 and was
then removed. I don't know if it was a wood or steel bridge. The stone abutments with straight walls and smooth tops suggest it was a through truss bridge. It was 230 feet long. There are two low concrete foundations in the river, suggesting that it had two supports there. I don't know if the height of the truss was the same all the way across. With those two supports in the river, it is possible this bridge was 3 spans. Or just one long truss with the 2 supports to be sure it didn't sag. The weight of the steam locomotive was 50 tons, and this was a standard gauge railroad.
The history project is a love of history, and I have drawn several sketches to simulate what the scenes would look like, until we find pictures.