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CN - Fond du Lac River Bridge


Southwest Elevation

We're discussing the truss bridge here, not the plate girder in the foreground. The plate girder bridge is interesting in itself. The plate girder is on an active rail line, the truss is on an abandoned right of way. Southeast of the bridge, the abandoned right-of-way has been converted to a pedestrian/bike path.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2009


BH Photo #140268


Street View 


Lattice through truss bridge over Fond du Lac River on Abandoned Canadian National Railway
Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
Built 1895, Widened 1902; 1895 Span Removed Ca. 1960
- Canadian National Railway (CN)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
Quadrangular lattice through truss
Span length: 120.0 ft.
Total length: 120.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW Bridge #304
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.79130, -88.45654   (decimal degrees)
43°47'29" N, 88°27'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/382814/4849724 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Fond du Lac
Inventory number
BH 42563 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 27, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • November 16, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • August 3, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • November 16, 2013: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • May 12, 2009: Added by J.R. Manning



CN Fond du Lac River Bridge
Posted May 13, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There is no pedestrian walkway. The rails have been removed and there is nothing inviting about the span. There is about half of an old Wisconsin Central RR sign laying there that used to say No Tresspassing before it got ripped in half. Nope, it's closed to all traffic, in fact, someone would have to be a little nuts to try walking across it.

CN Fond du Lac River Bridge
Posted May 13, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

If this bridge is open to pedestrian traffic, then it should not be labeled "closed to all traffic". It appears there is a deck for walking across the bridge.