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Oshkosh Railroad Bridge

Oshkosh Swing Bridge


Oshkosh Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: October 22, 2011
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Fox River
Oshkosh: Winnebago County, Wisconsin
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Lattice (Quadruple Warren) Through Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Lattice (Quadruple Warren) Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1899 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This Bridge No Longer Exists!

This historic bridge was demolished in 2012!

This truss bridge, with the lattice truss configuration that was favored by the Chicago NorthWestern Railway on so many bridges, conveyed who its original owner was quite clearly. The bridge was an extremely rare example of a lattice truss swing bridge. The bridge also had a fixed lattice truss span at each end of the bridge, adding to the bridge's historic significance. Furthermore, with an 1899 construction date, it was among the older surviving examples of a lattice truss railroad bridge.

The bridge was owned by Canadian National, who decided to demolish and replace the bridge in 2012. This bridge is a reminder of the rapid increase in demolition of historic railroad bridges on active railroad lines in recent years. Railroad companies generally have the exclusive interest of making profit by providing transportation services. They care not for heritage and preservation. This is especially true with Canadian National. Because this bridge fell under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Coast Guard, Section 106 Historic Review was conducted prior to this project, however the only outcome was adverse effect with mitigation limited to interpretive signage to be placed near the former bridge location. It would have been nice to have relocated and reused one of these spans as mitigation instead.


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