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The Red Bridge


Looking southeast

Taken from Old 101 Road just north of the replacement bridge; this truss has been moved downstream and re-mounted on new footings.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson in May 2011


BH Photo #198799


This bridge was built on what was once the main north-south route in the area, replacing an existing wooden stringer bridge. Ironically, the new bridge built in 2007 to replace this truss is a wooden bridge of modern laminated treated lumber!


Pratt pony truss bridge over Armstrong Creek on Old 101 Road
Armstrong Creek, Forest County, Wisconsin
Open to pedestrians
Future prospects
When the replacement bridge was built, this bridge was moved downstream about 30 feet and set on new footings. As seen in the photos, an outstanding job of cleaning and painting was done to preserve this bridge.
Built in 1908 replacing an existing wooden bridge; replaced and preserved in 2007
- Hennepin Bridge Co. of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pratt Pony Truss with eyebar diagonals and pinned connections. The original deck has been replaced with new steel stringers and new wood cross-planks; new lattice rails have been installed on the sides.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 2011
Also called
Old 101 Road Bridge, Armstrong Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.64111, -88.44633   (decimal degrees)
45°38'28" N, 88°26'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/387285/5055190 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Armstrong Creek
1500 ft. above sea level
Inventory numbers
NRHP 11000841 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 48747 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 10, 2015: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed wayward coordinates
  • May 30, 2014: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Painted red"
  • November 14, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added builder.
  • May 8, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson



The Red Bridge
Posted May 30, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a beauty...And on replicated cassions too!

Hey Wisconsin...Good to see you restoring an historic bridge!

The Red Bridge
Posted May 9, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is very interesting because they made replica caissons.