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Bridge No. 18


Side View Of Bridge, Looking East

Photo taken by Lyle Nicklay, June 1984, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #119510


Lost polygonal Warren through truss bridge over Kickapoo River on Abandoned STH 131 in LaFarge
LaFarge, Vernon County, Wisconsin
Built over St. Croix River 1912; Removed 1951; Relocated here 1953; Demolished 1986
- Central States Bridge Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana
Riveted, 8-panel polygonal Warren through truss with all verticals
Span length: 136.0 ft.
Total length: 136.0 ft.
Deck width: 18.3 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Also called
Old Hudson Toll Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.59481, -90.63306   (decimal degrees)
43°35'41" N, 90°37'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/691056/4829592 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
La Farge
Inventory number
BH 37043 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Refined truss type & added categories "8-panel truss", "HAER documented", "Riveted"
  • August 3, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning
  • August 2, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Related Bridges 


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-65 - Bridge No. 18, Spanning Kickapoo River, La Farge, Vernon County, WI
  • Wisconsin Highways - Christopher Bessert's excellent Wisconsin Highways website with the story of State Highway 131
  • Wisconsin Highways - Christopher Bessert's Wisconsin Highways map of abandoned & new State Highway 131


Bridge No. 18
Posted April 22, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

Looks like a polygonal Warren

Bridge No. 18
Posted April 22, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its actually a glu-lam stringer with a roof. Not eligible for its own webpage under established guidelines for the website.

Bridge No. 18
Posted April 22, 2022, by Troy Joseph Knox (troyjknox [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here are some pictures of the new covered bridge in this spot that was referenced in previous comments.

Bridge No. 18
Posted March 4, 2022, by Paul Plassman


The covered bridge in the aerials is a 65' modern covered bridge that carries a paved, bike/hike trail. A picturesque little span, but I doubt it merits inclusion on here, especially since the trusses appear to be non-structural and roof-supporting only.

This webpage has a picture and some information about a third of the way down the page: https://www.9news.com/article/news/nation-now/8-picture-perf...

Another photo and more info: http://www.dalejtravis.com/bridge/wisconsn/htm/49063c.htm

Bridge No. 18
Posted March 4, 2022, by Jacob Grabara (jacobgrabara [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Google Aerial imagery shows a new covered bridge being here, but I see no mention of it on this site. Any info on that?