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Burnham Bridge

Menominee River Canal Railroad Bridge

Burnham Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Michaels

Bridge Documented: September 13, 2009

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian Pacific) Over Menominee River Canal
Location
Milwaukee: Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
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
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an extremely rare example of a bobtail swing bridge. A bobtail swing bridge is not symmetrical around the swing pier like most swing bridges, and instead it has a shorter end with a counterweight at one end. Milwaukee has several bobtail swing bridges, but on a national scale these bridges are among the rarest forms of movable bridges in the country. The preservation of each surviving example is essential.

This bridge reportedly has not swung for many years, at least since 1994.

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