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Fox Cities Trestle


Welcome Arch

The Fox Cities Trestle is a Rails-to-Trail conversion of a causeway/trestle rail bridge, now a recreational trail bridge. It opened August 27, 2005 and won the 2007 AASHTO Legacy Award. The deck is composite planking and the bridge is lighted.

1,600 feet in length, it crosses Little Lake Butte des Morts from the City of Menasha on the east portal to the Town of Menasha on the west portal. Little Lake Butte des Morts is the flowage from damming the Fox River.

The trestle is the western link of the bridge, the eastern link is a boardwalk that parallels the original causeway that is still carries rails. There is an S curve in the middle of the span that transitions from the bridge to the trestle portion, this welcome arch is at the west entrance to the trestle portion of the span.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2009


BH Photo #139407

Street Views 


One of three bridges completed in 1910. The other two were across the north and south branches of the Fox River at Neenah and Menasha. All three were double tracked bridges though only one track was laid. The bid was won by O'Keefe & Orbison for $265,000. It was to have solid concrete abutments, steel caisson bases and 50 foot spans. Municipal Journal & Public Works, Volume 27.


Deck plate girder bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts on Friendship Trail in Menasha
Menasha, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians & bicycles
Built 1910; Abandoned ca. 1990; Converted to recreation trail in 2005
- O'Keefe & Orbison Engineering & Construction Co. of Appleton, Wisconsin
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Deck plate girder
Total length: 1,600.0 ft.
Also called
CNW - Little Lake Butte des Morts Trestle
Friendship Trail - Little Lake Butte des Morts Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.20278, -88.46495   (decimal degrees)
44°12'10" N, 88°27'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/382949/4895438 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 42483 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 25, 2021: New photos from Mark Boettcher
  • January 17, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added information from Don Nussbaum.
  • January 4, 2018: New Street View added by Dave King
  • January 2, 2018: Updated by Luke: Corrected design to deck plate girder; Added design diagram from Engineering News, Volume 68
  • December 31, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder + other info posted by Don Nussbaum
  • April 30, 2009: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected ownership
  • April 29, 2009: Added by J.R. Manning

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Fox Cities Trestle
Posted June 22, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Fox Cities Trestle
Posted September 14, 2010, by Gregg Warning (gregg [at] greggmichaelphotography [dot] com)

This bridge is really great!