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New London Pearl Street Bridge (Old)

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3 New London 01.JPG

This is a fixed span which replaced a swing bridge in 1939, which made this the Head of Navigation on the Wolf River, allowing the Rail Swing Bridges at New London and Shiocton to become fixed spans. Looking northeast.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in October 2009

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BH Photo #148336

Map 

Essay 

Written by Robert Thompson

When this span was built in 1939, this became by regulation (33 CFR) the Head of Navigation on the Wolf River system. Before this, the river was navigable as far as Shawano, Wisconsin (about 40 miles by water upstream); it was extensively used for transporting logs to the industries in the Fox River Valley until railroad transport made the river system obsolete.

Facts 

Overview
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Wolf River on Wis. 76 / Business US 45 in New London
Location
New London, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, and Outagamie County, Wisconsin
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Replaced Highway Swing Bridge in same location
Builder
- Worden-Allen Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
Pony/through plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.39205, -88.74010   (decimal degrees)
44°23'31" N, 88°44'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/361410/4916890 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New London
Inventory number
BH 43568 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: sequenced
  • July 7, 2016: New photo from Peter Johnson
  • October 31, 2009: Essay added by Robert Thompson

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