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SOO - Fox River Swing Bridge


ex-Soo Line Trestle

The swing span is now removed, but a short section of the south approach remains as a finger pier. The Jackson Street bridge is in the background.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in December 2009


BH Photo #150336



Lost through truss swing bridge over the Fox River on Soo Line Railroad
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Future prospects
Approach plate girder spans have been preserved as a fishing pier.
- Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (SOO)
- Soo Line Railroad (SOO)
This was a swing bridge crossing the navigable Fox River in Oshkosh WI. The swing span was a symmetrical through truss on a center pier. After the rail route was abandoned and removed, the bridge sat idle for years. The swing span was removed a few years ago; the approach spans on the south have been retained as a fishing pier.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.01680, -88.54943   (decimal degrees)
44°01'00" N, 88°32'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/375810/4874905 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
747 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43695 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 3, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • December 16, 2009: Updated by Robert Thompson: Corrected rail line (Soo Line vs. Milwaukee Road). Thanks to Randall Vos for the information.
  • December 2, 2009: Updated by Robert Thompson: minor edits


  • Robert Thompson
  • Douglas Butler
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


CMSP&P Railroad Swing Bridge (Milwaukee Road)
Posted December 15, 2009, by Randall Vos (r_vos1979 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

That bridge is actually ex-Soo Line, nee Wisconsin Central, it was abandoned in 1993 after the new Wisconsin Central re-routed all the traffic to the ex-CNW bridge. Milwaukee Road never crossed the Fox River with a bridge of their own.