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CN - Upper Burger Swing Bridge


"Upstream" Swing Bridge, looking north

The defunct Manitowoc Shipbuilding shipyard is beyond the bridge to the right; yacht-builder Burger Boat Co. is beyond on the left.

Photo taken by Robert Thompson


BH Photo #193325


Street View 


This bridge was built as a swing bridge, to allow navigation upstream of Manitowoc Shipbuilding and Burger Boat Company. It has been kept in the closed position for decades; since around the time of Great Depression, there have been no industries upstream of this bridge that required vessel access. There had been an unloading gantry on the north side of the river for coal or some other bulk material; photos do not show it after the Second World War. Bridge records are unclear as to where this bridge was moved from.


Through truss bridge over Manitowoc River on Fox Valley and Western
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
Open to traffic
Built 1900, Relocated Here 1910
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Lassig Branch)
- Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW)
- Fox River Valley Railroad (FRVR)
- Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Length of largest span: 90.0 ft.
Total length: 175.0 ft.
Also called
C&NW Bridge #321
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.09680, -87.67048   (decimal degrees)
44°05'48" N, 87°40'14" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/446332/4882843 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
576 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 48037 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 30, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Riveted"
  • August 27, 2016: New photos from John Marvig
  • August 22, 2016: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
  • October 4, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added build date and common name
  • April 22, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • December 8, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • September 15, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Fox Valley & Western Ltd."
  • December 5, 2011: Updated by Robert Thompson: Updated history with new data.
  • February 6, 2011: Added by Robert Thompson