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Hiawatha Trail - Lake Mohawksin Bridge

Photos 

Tomahawk Trail Bridge

From South Bank

Photo taken by John Marvig in August 2014

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BH Photo #292275

Description 

Build Date comes from the Milwaukee Road Archives at the Milwaukee Central Library

Facts 

Overview
Pratt pony truss bridge over Lake Mohawksin on Hiawatha Trail
Location
Tomahawk, Lincoln County, Wisconsin
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1899
Railroad
- Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (MILW)
Design
Pratt pony truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 95.0 ft.
Total length: 512.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.47674, -89.73570   (decimal degrees)
45°28'36" N, 89°44'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/286182/5039552 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Tomahawk
Inventory number
BH 62489 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 24, 2015: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date
  • August 25, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 15, 2014: Added by John Marvig

Sources 

Comments 

Hiawatha Trail - Lake Mohawksin Bridge
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.

Hiawatha Trail - Lake Mohawksin Bridge
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/

Hiawatha Trail - Lake Mohawksin Bridge
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.

Hiawatha Trail - Lake Mohawksin Bridge
Posted February 28, 2022, by Luke

I trust the railroad historic archives John cited over local historians

Hiawatha Trail - Lake Mohawksin Bridge
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....