Thhis bridge was originally built 200 feet upriver ca. 1880. It was relocated here 1898 and widened. As such, the bridge is altered, but the portions that date to 1880 would be among the oldest surviving railroad swing trusses in the country. Further, 1898 alterations themselves are historic, thus the bridge remains highly significant as an important historic bridge.
Lattice trusses (sometimes called Warren Quadrangular trusses) range from uncommon to rare on a national scale, but are much more common locally in Wisconsin and particularly the Milwaukee, relatively speaking. This example is further rare on a national scale as a movable lattice truss. This is a large example, and the shape of the swing bridge follows a continuous Camelback style.
This bridge is still in use, and is difficult to access as a result. While this bridge is worthy of the full set of structural detail photos that HistoricBridges.org normally provides, due to these circumstances currently only a couple overview shots of this important bridge are available.
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Full Motion Video
Note: The downloadable high quality version of this video (available on the video page) is well worth the download since it offers excellent 1080 HD detail and is vastly more impressive than the compressed streaming video. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.
Maps and Links: Kinnickinnic River Railroad Bridge