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.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
Search For Additional Bridge Listings:
© Copyright 2003-2023, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.