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CNW - De Pere Swing Bridge


De Pere Swing Bridge

Overview of main spans

Photo Contributed by C&NWHS via John Marvig


BH Photo #312750


Bridge consisted of (from west to east/north):

24' Deck Girder
1-120' Pratt Through Truss
6-72' Howe Pony Truss (1892)
5 Span Deck Girder (1892)
2-67', 1-81' Howe Pony Truss (1892)
2-122', 1-96' Quadrangular Through Truss (1902-From Linn County IA)
1-173' Swing Bridge (1904)
1-72' Pony Through Truss (1892)
64' Deck Girder
an additional spur, coming into the bridge at the west-most deck girder
13 Span Pile Bridge (1905)
6-72' Howe Pony Truss (1892)
2-38' Deck Girder


Lost Warren through truss bridge over Fox River on Former Chicago & Northwestern Railway
De Pere, Brown County, Wisconsin
Removed but not replaced
Pony Trusses Built 1892, Through Trusses Brought in 1902, Swing Span Built 1904
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Warren through truss
Length of largest span: 173.0 ft.
Total length: 1,596.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.44937, -88.06502   (decimal degrees)
44°26'58" N, 88°03'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/415260/4922337 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
De Pere
Inventory number
BH 65378 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2016: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • January 9, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • January 7, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added categories "Chicago & North Western Railway", "Railroad"



CNW - De Pere Swing Bridge
Posted May 26, 2022, by Paul Plassman

This bridge is intriguing me more and more the more I look at it...looks like an encyclopedia of every truss design in the books!

CNW - De Pere Swing Bridge
Posted May 26, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Will try to do more research on this intriguing bridge tomorrow, but for now this looks like an early iteration of this bridge complete with boxed pony trusses and a spur line.


CNW - De Pere Swing Bridge
Posted August 27, 2016, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Love to see that there are some remains! Thanks Robert!