Main Street Bridge
Strauss Bascule bridge
Photo taken by Douglas Butler in March 2013
License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
BH Photo #285234
The location of this bridge is mis-identified. That is understandable, because of the confusion of the existing Pike River and the buried and invisible Pike Creek. The Main Street Bridge on 6th Ave was located south of 52nd Street at the Kenosha Harbor, about 20 blocks south of where it is shown. That Main Street Bridge crossed not only the mouth of Pike Creek, but also the harbor line (AKA Simmons Spur) of the C&NW railroad. After Pike Creek was fully enclosed in a drain tile back in the 1960s and the rail line closed when the factory was torn down, that bridge was redundant and was removed some time in the late 1990s.
Incidentally - the pre-1920s swing bridge was not torn down, but was moved over to 50th St, at the entrance to Simmons Island Park until it was finally replaced in the 1980s. [http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/history_mystery_downtownarea_bridge_changed_locations_in_1920_484896138.php]
This bridge once stood