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Bieneman Bridge


South Side

This is the oldest known through truss extant in Wisconsin.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2008


BH Photo #120291

Street View 


Through truss bridge over Honey Creek on Private Driveway in Burlington
Burlington, Racine County, Wisconsin
Privately Owned Driveway
Built 1877; Purchased by Bieneman Family 1922 and moved; Oldest known through truss in Wisconsin
- Milwaukee Bridge & Iron Works of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
19th Century Pratt through truss, the oldest known extant through truss in the state of Wisconsin.
Span length: 106.0 ft.
Total length: 106.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.68690, -88.29100   (decimal degrees)
42°41'13" N, 88°17'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/394239/4726854 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 37080 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 20, 2022: New photos from Mark Boettcher
  • December 7, 2013: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • August 4, 2010: New Street View added by Jason Smith
  • August 7, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • August 5, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-16 - White River Bridge, Spanning Honey Creek on Bieneman Road, Burlington, Racine County, WI
  • Jason Smith - flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Luke
  • Mark Boettcher


Bieneman Bridge
Posted May 20, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to see this oldie being cared for... Likely wouldn't be around if the state of Wisconsin had anything to do with it!

Bieneman Bridge
Posted December 7, 2013, by Art S (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Decorated for Christmas:


Great pictures!

Bieneman Bridge
Posted December 16, 2010, by Burlington (Wis.) Historical Society (burlingtonhistory [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's a postcard photo of the bridge at its original location - "the foot of Chestnut Street" near downtown Burlington.

The bridge was moved 30 feet north and used for traffic while its replacement - a concrete bridge - was built from September 1921 to July 1922.

Work on the concrete bridge was suspended for the winter, because city officials thought there was too much danger from freezing to allow pouring of concrete to continue. Work on the bridge started again in April 1922.

In March 1922 the Board of Public Works was authorized by the city council to sell the steel bridge to the highest bidder. John Frey, who owned the farm that George Bieneman bought in 1944, bought the steel bridge for $300 in April 1922. The bridge was dismantled and moved to Frey's farm after the concrete bridge was opened July 15, 1922. Workmen then reassembled the steel bridge over Honey Creek, where it sits today.