This bridge is an example of a bridge type that was once a common bridge type used for short crossings but is today one of the rarest bridge types in the country. Extremely few examples of this bridge type remain because small bridges are less expensive to replace and so many have been lost, and also because the use of kingposts died out quickly as the truss bridge era progressed in the late 19th and early 20th century because the iron/steel mills were soon able to roll beams large enough to easily span the 30-40 foot distances as a stringer/multi-beam bridge. Due to their design, Kingpost truss bridges were only suitable for these small spans.
The Sauk Creek Bridge is the only metal kingpost remaining in Wisconsin. While the bridge is rare and significant on a national level, it is even more so on a state level.
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