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Kewaunee WI Bascule Bridge


Kewaunee Bascule Bridge

A rare photo of the lost Kewaunee Bascule Bridge. The similarity to the Fox River bridge at Eureka, Wisconsin is evident.



BH Photo #149061

Notes on this bridge: 

Written by Robert Thompson

This bridge was similar in design to several built by the State of Wisconsin before the Second World War. This was probably a stock design used where the US Coast Guard / War Department required access for navigable portions of a river upstream of the bridge. Similar bridges were built in Eureka, Fremont, and Muscoda Wisconsin and in Sussex County, Delaware.

Kewaunee was a ferry port and a fishing port. The docks for the cross-lake ferries (http://bridgehunter.com/wi/manitowoc/bh36321/) were located at the harbor mouth; the upper river was too shallow and the bridge was too narrow to allow passage of the ferries. The bridge did permit passage of commercial fishing vessels.


Lost Pony/through plate girder bridge over Kewaunee River on Sth 29/42-Milwauke
Kewaunee, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
Replaced by new bridge
Original drawbridge 1891, Bascule bridge 1929, replaced by fixed span 1985
- Keller & Harrington of Chicago, Illinois
Lost Scherzer-type rolling lift bascule, similar in design to the existing Eureka Fox River Bascule Bridge and the lost Fremont Wolf River Bascule Bridge.
Also called
Kewaunee Harbor Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.46312, -87.50397   (decimal degrees)
44°27'47" N, 87°30'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/459909/4923435 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
590 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43607 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • April 25, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Deleted duplicate category.
  • March 31, 2012: New photos from Robert Thompson
  • November 13, 2009: Updated by Robert Thompson: New information
  • November 11, 2009: Updated by Robert Thompson: Update info



Kewaunee WI Bascule Bridge
Posted December 21, 2012, by Tom Karl (Birdog_77 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have pictures of the old bridge.

Kewaunee WI Bascule Bridge
Posted November 14, 2009, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I remember crossing this bridge, as a kid, on family adventures to Door County for cherry picking. I found the overhead counterweights to be fascinating. Thanks for finding this photo!