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First Fox River Bridge Neenah (Old)

Photo 

First Bridge Completed

Weekly Wisconsin Aug. 20, 1851

Photo taken by Don Nussbaum

BH Photo #415876

Map 

Description 

Previous to the construction of this bridge, the only way to cross the river at Neenah was by fording it. One ford was near present day Doty Park and the other was near the east side of present day Arrowhead Park. History of Winnebago County P. V. Lawson.

The first bridge over the river in Neenah was constructed in 1851. The abutments (cribs?) were completed by July. Oshkosh Democrat Jul. 25, 1851. The bridge was finished on August 9, 1851. Weekly Wisconsin Aug. 20, 1851.

Substantial repairs were made in 1861. Weekly Manufacturer Oct. 3, 1861.

Demolished and replaced in 1868. Island City Times July, 25, 1868.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Timber stringer bridge over South Branch Fox River
Location
Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1851
Design
Timber stringer
Dimensions
Total length: 330.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.18875, -88.45949   (decimal degrees)
44°11'20" N, 88°27'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/383357/4893873 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Neenah
Land survey
T.20N.- R.17E, S.22
Elevation
740 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 79944 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 17, 2018: Updated by Don Nussbaum: Added demolition date.
  • January 6, 2018: Added by Don Nussbaum

Sources 

  • Don Nussbaum