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Earl Iron Bridge

Photos 

West Side, Facing East

Despite the hsitorical significance of this bridge, the township requested a new bridge because it carried only one lane and lacked capacity for school bus and truck traffic.

Photo taken by Rick McNitt, May 1995, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #119302

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Namekagon River on North Road in Earl
Location
Earl, Washburn County, Wisconsin
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1914 by Worden-Allen Co.; Replaced 1996
Builders
- M.W. Torkelson
- Worden-Allen Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Design
Single span riveted Pratt overhead truss iron bridge. It was designed by the State Highway Commission bridge engineer, M.W. Torkelson. It was one of the few remaining iron through trusses in the state when it was demolished.
Dimensions
Span length: 91.2 ft.
Total length: 91.2 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.91583, -91.76410   (decimal degrees)
45°54'57" N, 91°45'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/595843/5085438 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Trego
Inventory number
BH 37024 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 2, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WI-75 - Earl Iron Bridge, Spanning Namekagon River at North Road, Earl vicinity, Washburn County, WI