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Washington Park Footbridge

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South Elevation

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in September 2009

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BH Photo #152725

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Description 

Jens Jensen designed most of Washington Park, including this footbridge. The exact build date is unknown, but the golf course was built in 1920. The Jens Jensen drawings of Washington Park are in the special collections of the University of Michigan Library. His drawings of the park are dated 1909 to 1914. It can be estimated that this bridge was built sometime in that era, probably in 1919 or 1920 to support the golf course. Jensen also designed another foot bridge for Racine Parks, in Lewis Field.

Jensen was born in Denmark in 1860 and came to the United States in 1884. He became a laborer for the West Park Commission in Chicago, creating the "American Garden" with wild flowers in 1888. He eventually became the general superintendent of the commission. He retired in 1920 and started his own design firm, creating landscape plans for the Lincoln Highway Ideal Section in Indiana, Henry Ford's "Fair Lane" estate, four homes for Edsel Ford, the Ford exhibit at the 1933 World's Fair and Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He died in 1951, at the age of 91, at his estate in Eliason Bay, Wisconsin.

Facts 

Overview
Bridge over Root River on Golf Course Walkway
Location
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to pedestrians
History
Built ca. 1915; Rebuilt 1995; Restored 2007
Builder
- Jens Jensen of Dybbøl, Sønderjylland, Denmark (Designer)
Design
Suspension Bridge
Dimensions
Total length: 164.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Also called
Washington Park Golf Course Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.72000, -87.80815   (decimal degrees)
42°43'12" N, 87°48'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/433830/4730038 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Racine South
Inventory number
BH 43891 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • January 17, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net