Newton Blackmour State Trail - Shiocton Rail Bridge
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This bridge crosses the Lower Wolf River at Shiocton WI on the former Green Bay and Western rail line, connecting Green Bay and Kewaunee WI with Winona MN. At the time it was built, the Wolf River was deemed by the Federal Government as being navigable as far as Shawano WI, 30 miles further upstream.
Photo taken by Robert Thompson in October 2009
BH Photo #148358
Written by Robert Thompson
Why is there a swing bridge in this remote location?
The Wolf River was part of the lumber route from northern Wisconsin to the sawmills and paper mills of the Fox River Valley. The Lower Wolf River is a meandering river without steep gradient; here, log rafts were pulled by tugboat to the mills, about 60 miles downstream by water. This swing bridge allowed the tugs to navigate past the rail crossing.
- Deck plate girder bridge over Wolf River on Newton Blackmour State Trail
- Shiocton, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
- Open to pedestrians only
- Built 1898, Through Girder added 1913 Replacing a Trestle Approach
- - Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (TPG)
- - Fox Valley & Western Ltd. (FVW)
- Green Bay & Western Railroad (GB&W)
- Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WC)
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 205.0 ft.
- Also called
- GB&W - Wolf River Swing Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.43900, -88.58778 (decimal degrees)
44°26'20" N, 88°35'16" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 16/373642/4921859 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Land survey
- T. 22 N., R. 16 E
- Inventory number
- BH 43563 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- April 26, 2015: New photo from Robert Thompson
- October 9, 2014: New photos from John Marvig
- September 29, 2014: Updated by John Marvig: Added information
- September 27, 2014: Updated by Luke: Added info
- May 22, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Status update
- August 24, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
- December 7, 2009: New photo from Robert Thompson
- October 31, 2009: Essay added by Robert Thompson