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Posted May 27, 2022, by Paul Plassman

From the cliff visible in the postcard, I'd say this is the southernmost crossing of the Wisconsin River at Lone Rock, where the river is bounded by a high bluff.

Posted May 27, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Not sure how accurate this date is, but if the 1889 date on this image is correct it would make this bridge much older than 1907.

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM24407

The De Pere Historical Society also mentions how the need for a new bridge in the late 1880's led to the merging of De Pere and West De Pere:

https://www.deperehistory.org/de-pere-history.html

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!

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.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/163936693832?hash=item262b636e48:g:...

Posted May 21, 2022, by Craig Wanta (craig [dot] wanta [at] gmail [dot] com)

I recall hanging out at this bridge and other spots on the Rib river many times back in my teenage years!

Posted May 20, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to see this oldie being cared for... Likely wouldn't be around if the state of Wisconsin had anything to do with it!

Posted May 17, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge has become another mystery. It was built here in 1929, while two spans of the same age, size and design were built at Spring Green (http://bridgehunter.com/wi/richland/bh50335/) in 1927, and another identical span was built in Iowa (http://bridgehunter.com/ia/greene/raccoon-river-trail/) in 1930. I am not sure if these are related, or where they would have come from. During this time, the Milwaukee Road was rebuilding the Chicago-Kansas City mainline, which may have produced some of these spans.

Posted May 16, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was able to find some information on this bridge from a bridge index located at the Milwaukee Road Archives..although the information is not complete.

It appears that most of the bridge, minus the two pony truss spans, was built in 1910-1911 of secondhand material. Unfortunately, this index did not give original locations as some indexes did. Fortunately, I was informed there was another index of "B" bridges at the MRA, hopefully which can help solve this bridge..

Posted May 10, 2022, by Paul Plassman

It looks to me like a regular iron/steel truss with a wooden deck rather than an actual timber truss, but I could be wrong as the photo is not real close up.

Posted May 10, 2022, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

One postcard ad claims this was the wooden truss bridge.

Posted May 8, 2022, by Paul Plassman

This article gives some interesting history on the Shawtown Bridge, although I'm not quite sure what to make of the dates as it seems to indicate that the 1884-1925 bridge at the site was a large wooden truss rather than the metal span pictured in the postcard on this page.

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Property/HI41817?ms...

Posted May 8, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This span came from one of many "I" bridges I cannot track down. When the Milwaukee Road realigned their tracks from Polo, Missouri into Kansas City, the Milwaukee Road numbering system was abandoned and the Rock Island renumbered the new bridges.

Unfortunately, the Milwaukee Road Archives, where today's updates were pulled from does not have many of the mainline bridge indexes, such as the C, I, K, L, O, R, S and Z bridges, which were mainly donors of spans to these branch lines. I strongly suspect that the Soo Line/Canadian Pacific acquired them after the merger in 1985.

Posted April 29, 2022, by Chuck Westerman (mr600v [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The "Allis" passenger station was built into the abutment with stairs leading up to the tracks. Since the 1940's it has been home of the Milwaukee "O" Gauge Model Railroad Club.

Posted April 28, 2022, by Bruce Oldenberg

The bridge was removed after 1991 in a way that was similar to the nearby WC RR trestle, BH 97714.

All the wood pilings were cut off a foot above the waterline.

Bridge No. 18 (Wisconsin)
Posted April 22, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

Looks like a polygonal Warren

Bridge No. 18 (Wisconsin)
Posted April 22, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Its actually a glu-lam stringer with a roof. Not eligible for its own webpage under established guidelines for the website.

Bridge No. 18 (Wisconsin)
Posted April 22, 2022, by Troy Joseph Knox (troyjknox [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Here are some pictures of the new covered bridge in this spot that was referenced in previous comments.

Posted April 19, 2022, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Facebook has come alive with posts about this bridge. It started with a post by Bill Worden, whose ancestors in the Worden-Allen Company built it. He wants to go on a road trip on US 20, seeing bridges in his family heritage. That led to this bridge, an easy detour from US 20.

The facebook page about this bridge now has a lot of photos and links, of the bridge before, during, and after its move.

https://www.facebook.com/smithroadbridge/

Posted April 9, 2022, by Tom Haas (tkhaas [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

From the Milwaukee County Parks Department:

The Doyne Park Landfill was used as a quarry in the early 1900ís and later used by the City of Milwaukee for the disposal of solid waste (also formerly known as the Hawley Road Landfill). The site is approximately 40 acres in size. Milwaukee County owns the easterly 35 acres and the Badger Association of the Blind, who uses it for a parking lot, owns the westerly 5 acres. Records regarding waste disposal at the site are vague but suggest that filling may have begun in the 1940ís. WDNR records indicate that the site received wood, old appliances, and street sweepings before it closed in 1976. The total volume of the waste on the entire site is estimated to be between 2.5 and 5.2 million cubic yards. This site is located northeast from the intersection of Hawley Road and Wells Street in Milwaukee. (So maybe the bridge was used for the landfill or for the conversion to the park?)

Posted April 6, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I believe this is a duplicate of https://bridgehunter.com/wi/brown/bh47446/ .

Posted March 27, 2022, by Tom Haas (tkhaas [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Doyne Park Hiking Trails

Posted March 27, 2022, by Tom Haas (tkhaas [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There appears to be remnants of a paved/groomed trail along the riverbank leading to the bridge. It connects to the County Oak Leaf Trail at the west end of the park underneath Hawley Road.

Posted March 22, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

http://www.survivorlibrary.com/library/types_and_details_of_...

Page 102 discusses the spans of this bridge, and their unusual size.

Posted March 22, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove by this bridge and it's twin this past weekend, although I was not able to get shots. While I previously thought it had been replaced between 2014 and 2017, it actually was rehabilitated, and the superstructure appeared to remain the same.

It appears WSOR has rehabilitated many bridges, most of which look like total replacements on aerial imagery, but are just strengthening, adding a new deck and encasing the substructure.

Posted March 19, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

While a common style of bridge, it's a bummer this one got torn down. I have not seen this builder anywhere else (yet).

Posted March 18, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was a previous discussion about identical plaques but different builders. Not many companies used Chicago Bridge & Iron Works, but the C&NW gave them the "master contract" for bridge steel around 1/29/1915 and renewed for another year around 12/10/1915, for a total of 6,050 tons of bridge steel. I assume this span was one of the last to be built under that contract. As previously stated, I also believe that the span with the 1917 plaque replaced a trestle approach. As far as I know, these were the only two contracts the C&NW let to Chicago B&I.

Posted March 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Great to see this one back open with relatively minor alteration!

Posted March 17, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

https://www.weau.com/2022/03/16/high-bridge-eau-claire-reope...

The bridge has now been reopened. The substructures were repointed, while the middle pier was partially rebuilt. While I think it sticks out, I do think the job was excellent in the end. Itís not every day you see that kind of money and engineering used to preserve a bridge.

Posted March 15, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I agree. A culvert from the 1980s has little historic value, if any.

Posted March 15, 2022, by Dave King (DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Probably could be deleted

Posted March 4, 2022, by Paul Plassman

John, yes, like I mentioned, I didn't put a lot of stock in the 1894 date when I stumbled across it, being as it came from the local chamber of commerce and not exactly a historic bridge authority. Sounds like it is definitely incorrect from what you've uncovered.

Posted March 4, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Paul,

The document that supplied the build date was a 1918 valuation inspection, as required by the ICC. This style bridge was mainly built between 1898 and 1902, and was a standard design for the railroad

https://bridgehunter.com/ia/sioux/bh51957/

https://bridgehunter.com/il/winnebago/bh62418/

https://bridgehunter.com/ia/mitchell/bh51043/

Bridge No. 18 (Wisconsin)
Posted March 4, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Jacob,

The covered bridge in the aerials is a 65' modern covered bridge that carries a paved, bike/hike trail. A picturesque little span, but I doubt it merits inclusion on here, especially since the trusses appear to be non-structural and roof-supporting only.

This webpage has a picture and some information about a third of the way down the page: https://www.9news.com/article/news/nation-now/8-picture-perf...

Another photo and more info: http://www.dalejtravis.com/bridge/wisconsn/htm/49063c.htm

Bridge No. 18 (Wisconsin)
Posted March 4, 2022, by Jacob Grabara (jacobgrabara [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Google Aerial imagery shows a new covered bridge being here, but I see no mention of it on this site. Any info on that?

Posted March 3, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Geoff,

The pony truss appears to be a WIBCo. product from ca. 1880. so this would have been at a different location.

Posted March 1, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Yeah, that's why I left a comment instead.

At any rate, both dates are now on the page for future reference.

Posted February 28, 2022, by Luke

I trust the railroad historic archives John cited over local historians

Posted February 28, 2022, by Paul Plassman

John, et al,

This source gives a construction date of 1894. Not exactly sure how authoritative it can be considered.

https://gototomahawk.com/listing/trestle-bridge/#:~:text=Att....

Posted February 28, 2022, by Paul Plassman

The pre-2011 NBI data gives this as a steel stringer built in 1922, so I'm uncertain whether this is an error or whether the "rehabilitation" in 1960 was really more of a replacement project in which the plate girders were replaced with stringers.

Posted February 18, 2022, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted February 17, 2022, by Jacob Grabara (jacobgrabara [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It appears repairs are almost complete. Pier caps were being poured last week on the outer two piers, and the center pier's forms should hopefully be removed in the next week or two. The bridge is not yet holding itself under its own weight per the photos on the facebook page dated 2/15, however an article posted to WQOW last week gives an updated expected reopening date for March 2022. https://www.wqow.com/news/high-bridge-re-opening-timeline-se...

Posted February 10, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Surprised nobody has commented about these couple unique bridges in this area. The important thing to note is the bridge APPEARS to be unaltered. If it is indeed unaltered it is a very unusual bridge, perhaps illustrating a railroad's early and perhaps cautious attempt to experiment with concrete as a building material, while still holding on to time-tested older designs. Truly a unique design, the arch consists of:

1. Stone Voussoir

2. Brick Barrel

3. Concrete Spandrel

Not sure how often all three materials are found being used structurally as ORIGINAL details. Brick and stone alone is notable on stone arch bridges.

Posted February 10, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I have tried to clarify the design of this bridge. In 1910, concrete railings were not built as wide or wider than a human (see drone photo) unless they played a load-bearing role (as concrete through girders). So it seems obvious that this bridge's girders play a structural role. However it also has t-beams under the deck. Obviously these play a role as well. The only logical conclusion is that this bridge utilizes load-bearing features of BOTH the girders and the t-beams. Indeed basic engineering teaching that trusses and girders are basically a form of beam bridge thus the two structures should not be in conflict with one another and I would assume the rebar in the deck helps the girders perform their function (since the bridge lacks articulated floorbeams). Here is a long-lost bridge in Michigan that is also a girder/t-beam hybrid but WITH articulated floorbeams: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=m...

Posted February 10, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is listed as a "through truss" and as "built 1928" on this website. In looking at Mark's photos, I noticed that the through truss appears to be of 100% welded construction and appears to be sitting on a two span stringer/girder structure.

If my theory is correct, then this is NOT a truss bridge as currently listed.

Posted February 4, 2022, by Colton (colton1937 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just don't understand why they would even put another bridge in when the county road J bridge is just down the road, wish it could have been saved..

Posted February 3, 2022, by Bruce Oldenberg (bruceolden2n7 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The timber trestle and wood truss bridge is shown as

'No longer exists'

but it does, it is now BH 73821 CN - White River Arch Bridge.

The concrete arch was built and then all the new concrete and old wood parts were buried in fill dumped from above. The level of the track over the Arch bridge might be lower than the wood version of the bridge, the approaches were cut lower and dumped in as some fill. Unfortunately, the fill was the local red clay which is slippery when wet. The slope of the fill slipped down at least once in the 1930's or 40's, exposing some old wood bents on the southeast.

Posted February 3, 2022, by Luke

It wasn't their picture, and the source is copywritten, so we can't.

Posted February 3, 2022, by Bruce Oldenberg

See the picture posted August 14, 2021, by Haddon Taylor in the comment at the bottom of the page of BH 41908 SOO - Vaughn Avenue Overpass. It shows the limestone blocks of what's left of this CNW bridge.

Posted February 3, 2022, by Bruce Oldenberg

That picture below in the comments is looking north along Vaughn, showing the CNW limestone block foundations, then the NP bridge which still exists as the Tri County Trail, and in the distance, almost hidden, is the Soo Line bridge.

This picture shows the CNW foundations so well that it should be also included in CNW - Vaughn Avenue Bridge BH 41915

Posted January 28, 2022, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm personally "meh" on StreetView imagery for bridges where any distinguishing features (deck trusses like this one, or arches) are below street-level and therefore wouldn't show.

Posted January 28, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I think somebody just looked at the street view and listed it as lost because it appeared to be a modern bridge from the roadway--the status line originally said "replaced based on street view".

Posted January 28, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This is a hard bridge to find photos of! I am attaching the only two I found because they were on realtor websites and may not be available indefinitely. I was concerned because it seemed like an unusual low level bridge for a deck truss, but its simple spans with no variable depth. I agree I see no evidence this bridge has been replaced.

Posted January 28, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I'm not seeing any evidence that this bridge has actually been replaced....the NBI still lists it as a deck truss.

Town Bridge (Wisconsin)
Posted January 27, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Geoff,

I changed the location of this one from Racine to Milwaukee Street because the HAER report indicated that the first bridge on Racine was built in 1936 and one of the buildings near the bridge in the postcards shows up in street view today next to the Milwaukee Street crossing.

Posted January 27, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Definitely looks like the same style of v-lacing as the Bieneman Bridge.

Posted January 27, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Totally agree with you Nathan. I was just looking at some Milwaukee B&I spans and feel like it could definitely be a product of theirs.

Posted January 27, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I strongly agree, given its unusual vertical members and its location in Wisconsin, I suspect it to be an 1870s product of Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works see interior verticals here: http://bridgehunter.com/wi/racine/bieneman/ or diagonals here: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=t...

Posted January 27, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Interesting arched portals and v-laced endposts on this one. 1870's perhaps?

Posted January 17, 2022, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Why did this have a Street View for the replacement UCEB for 11 years and change? O_o

Posted January 17, 2022, by AJ

My grandfather, father, and I were some of the last people to use this bridge in 1994. We crossed it in the morning on our way to Wabasha, MN, and by time we came home, the new bridge was open.

Coltman Bridge (Wisconsin)
Posted January 16, 2022, by Paul Plassman

HAER documentation says this is a Warren pony. HAER photos show a Warren through. ??

Posted January 16, 2022, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Nathan- can you pls move Photo No. 1 to BH 95941 Chippewa River Bridge (Older)? THX

Posted January 14, 2022, by Bruce Oldenberg

Also see the Vaughn Creek bridge erected the same year,

BH 95907. That is two miles east of the Bad River, and almost as big.

Posted January 8, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yeah, we had a stretch there where questionable people were adding questionable bridges. Unfortunately when the term "Notable" was added to the title it opened up a can of rotten worms.

Posted January 8, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Not sure why this bridge is on here....

Posted January 8, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Interesting find! I can't say I've seen those rounded corners on the top chords/endposts before. Also, the spans appear rather lightweight and simple in design.

Posted January 7, 2022, by Bruce Oldenberg (bruceoldn2n7 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I went to see this bridge in 1978 after I heard about it being burnt (a few years earlier) by some kids 'camping out'. That fire closed this end of the railroad. Which lead to an interesting story by a shipping agent of some mill in Michigan who noticed his shipping rates for cars of lumber to Wisconsin. The cost went up when it showed more miles

than previous shipments. There are other routes out of Michigan, but this was the shortest one for him.

Apparently, the railroad had held the cost steady for a few years after the fire, and just routed the cars over the next best (but longer) route. Until they finally just charged the actual rate. The shipping agent inquired about the higher cost and pointed out that the line was still shown as being in service by railroad maps and the Official Guide. And after a few months, the railroad said OK, they would hold to the cost of the older shorter route, even though the fire made that defunct years earlier.

Posted December 4, 2021, by Luke

Build date and builder come from https://books.google.com/books?id=4A1CAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA1121&dq=... , which is dated 1910

Posted December 4, 2021, by Richard Winkler (dwinkler5555 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I believe the Oliver Bridge was built in 1916 (not 1910), by an Act of Congress. The railroad operating it was the Interstate Railway, a paper railroad owned by US Steel, and operated by the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway, which was merged into the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway, which was bought by CN Rail (Canadian National Railway) in a merger/acquisition with the Wisconsin Central Railroad.

An earlier wooden bridge, allegedly built in 1908 (close to the current Oliver Bridge) served to transport commodities to interchange points in Wisconsin.

Posted November 22, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan,

I don't believe it is this bridge.

https://www.rtands.com/freight/five-railroad-bridges-rail-wi...

This article suggests its the Wisconsin & Southern bridges, which would indicate these are going to be girder bridges.

Posted November 22, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

A project of unknown scope is slated for several railroad bridges in this county including the "Rock River Bridge" which I assume is this one.

https://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/local-news/grant-to-fun...

Posted November 19, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This "might" be the work of the Milwaukee Bridge Company given the location of the bridge, and the unusual pin-connected Warren truss design. https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=t...

Posted November 19, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The sad reality that is Wisconsin and their lack of respect for historic truss bridges.

Posted November 19, 2021, by Corey (coylecorey [at] gmail [dot] com)

Another bridge will bit the dust The WIS DOT has plans to replaced this bridge in 2022 says there website. The current structure has corrosion and a concrete pier has exposed rebar. For that the bridge replacement move up to 2022. It most Lightly be replaced by a Concrete bridge. Very Sad to see Another Truss Bridge to be destroyed.

Posted November 14, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I corrected the build date on this bridge from 1898 to 1907, the date on a drawing for the center pier on this bridge that I obtained from excess blueprints being sold by the Milwaukee Road Archives.

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Property/HI29253

This seems to be where the 1898 date came from, which was the correct date for the now demolished parallel bridge.

Posted October 27, 2021, by Don Morrison

I was nine in 1974, but probably rode across the suspension bridges a time or two.

what I called the causeway appears as a lazy "S" shaped pair of islands in Google imagery.

I attached an image upon which i drew yellow lines to represent where the bridges were, west abutment on a bluff just north of Marquette, east abutment at St. Feriole island at Blackhawk Avenue.

So the old bridges were north of the current span.

is that what you recall?

Blackhawk bridge at lansing has approach spans that meet the main span at an angle too. I don't take it too fast there. 8^o

I was new to the forum back in 2012...

Posted October 26, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I do not believe this was the Tivoli Island Bridge. The HAER documentation believes that bridge came from a 4 span structure in Milford, Wisconsin. Also this postcard shows a bowstring with heavier verticals.

Posted October 24, 2021, by Philip J Auterman (pauterman [at] mchsi [dot] com)

The East channel bridge looked like the west channel, but was not as high. The West channel is the main barge channel, the east channel was for leasure craft. The causeway was not changed from the old bridge to the new bridge - just the roadway was widened to the new standards in 1974.

The bridge was 18' 6" foot between girders. Semis had just a few inches to get past each other. The floor of the bridge was an open grate style, seldom needed a snowplow on the bridge itself. The west bridge consisted of 3 flat sections - a slight rise to the middle section from the west end and a longer steep drop to the causeway - the joints were sharp change of angle - if you were speeding, you would go airborn at the joints. Our drivers ed teacher required you to safely traverse this bridge to pass the class.

Posted October 20, 2021, by Jim Doherty (jimdoherty113 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Just learned of plans to do away with Hwy 130 truss bridges at Lone Rock. Assuume DOT has determined they are unsafe and irreparable. Is there a basis for challenging? If not, is it feasible to preserve the bridges in place for pedestrian and bicycle traffic? These historic structures imbue the river and landscape with tremendous character and charm. Inconceivable they will be relocated (unlikely)or demolished. Cherished by so many residents and tourists.

Posted October 9, 2021, by Mary Paske Olson (Maryellen [dot] olson [at] yahoo [dot] com )

My late father, Bob Paske, built the cover on this bridge. Originally it was a flat bridge. It is supported underneath by rails from the old interurban that ran between Waupaca & King. He put the cover on when he turned the Christmas Tree Farm he bought into a subdivision that he named Covered Bridge.

Posted October 8, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

FWIW, that photo is public domain (Library of Congress photo). I cannot believe someone is selling a free to use photo on eBay. I suspect the bridge was built in about 1875 (according to annual reports), but I cannot confirm at this time. If it was built then, I suspect it was a Leighton span, and could have possibly ended up elsewhere as a wagon overpass or light branchline bridge upon replacement in 1908.

Posted October 8, 2021, by Paul Plassman
Posted October 5, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Upon reviewing track charts for this line, it is apparent that there were actually TWO pontoon bridges at this crossing. This bridge used a 209' span, while the Marquette span approximately 1/2 mile west used a larger 270' pontoon span.

Both of these bridges also seem to be an absolute mish-mash of random spans, some of which possibly found their way onto other lines when the bridges were removed.

Posted October 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks Geoff!

I also looked further into this mish-mash of a bridge. The two 1895 spans were NOT originally built here, as they were listed as different sized 1886 trusses in the inspection report. There were additional trusses (believed to be 1880s spans) here until at least 1951 as well. I would guess this bridge has been partially rebuilt several times between 1900 and today.

Posted October 4, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

OK John I moved the postcard picture.

Posted October 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Perhaps more info found on this bridge:

This photo shows the bridge in the original configuration:

https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM84883

Many plans were found for this bridge dated to 1881, but the bridge is dated as 1888/1889 in ICC reports, and is listed as 1888 in an inspection report from 1900.

The eastern two trusses were added in 1931, according to a drawing at the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library: Details of Piers dated Jan. 23, 1931 (found in the Corporate Records; Inspection and Repair of Bridge F-182)

If this is true, it strongly suggests that the two eastern trusses were added this year. Based on other bridges over the Wisconsin River not far from here, these spans were likely built 1885/86.

Posted October 4, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Geoff,

Photo 53 is of bridge #B-260, which I just added:

http://bridgehunter.com/wi/iowa/bh94563/

The photo appears to be looking east towards Lone Rock.

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This bridge is also a curious situation. I have a 1900 inspection report on this bridge, Lone Rock and Woodman. The original 1885/6 trusses were replaced on this bridge, but the 1890s trusses were retained. Do we make an entry for the (partially) replaced bridge and the current structure? It's worth noting that the trusses replaced were likely an identical design to the Lone Rock span (what Geoff posted), and may have ended up elsewhere.

Posted September 26, 2021, by Roy (snapcracklejeffx [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are some recent pictures I got of the track.

Posted September 23, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

This and two other bridges along WI Hwy. 130/133 are being given away. Deadline to obtain the packages by WIDOT is October 31st. Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/thr...

Posted September 23, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

This and two other bridges along WI Hwy. 130/133 are being given away. Deadline to obtain the packages by WIDOT is October 31st. Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/thr...

Posted September 23, 2021, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

This and two other bridges along WI Hwy. 130/133 are being given away. Deadline to obtain the packages by WIDOT is October 31st. Details here: https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/thr...

Posted September 22, 2021, by Robert Thompson (rkt [dot] engineering [at] gmail [dot] com)
Posted September 22, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Obviously Wisconsin doesn't want to be one-upped by Maine in their quest for complete historic bridge annihilation.

Posted September 22, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Looks like this one's headed for the wrecking ball as well as part of the same project: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/sw/wis130-...

Posted September 22, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Adding insult to injury, it looks like the new bridges are going to be on a new alignment, which would make it feasible to leave the old ones for non-motorized traffic: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/sw/wis130-...

Posted September 22, 2021, by Corey Coyle (coylecorey [at] gmail [dot] com)

Time as also caught up to these bridges as well. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the process of developing Design-Build documents for a proposed new Bridge structures replacements on WIS 130 over the all three Wisconsin River Channels South of Lone Rock.

Posted September 18, 2021, by John Marvig

I donít think this one was actually ever open to pedestrians. I do hope to see it open someday though.

Posted September 18, 2021, by Mark Boettcher

As of 9/2021 the bridge is closed to all traffic. There is a chain link fence blocking access.

Posted September 14, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It has now been two months since the contract was approved to repair this bridge. Based on photos from the last week or two on the Facebook page previously linked, the center and east river piers (#3 and #4 from west to east) have been reinforced at the bases with a concrete encasement. It appears that the lift of the center spans may be coming soon as well.

Based on the bottom concrete jacket, I assume the goal is to keep as much of the original center pier as possible.

Posted September 9, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Thanks, I deleted the duplicate.