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Gilbert Creek Railroad Bridge

Bridge M-538

Gilbert Creek Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: October 17, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Red Cedar State Rail-Trail) Over Gilbert Creek
Location
Menomonie: Dunn County, Wisconsin: United States
Structure Type
Metal 6 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Pony Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1900 By Builder/Contractor: Lassig Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
97.5 Feet (29.7 Meters)
Structure Length
140.0 Feet (42.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This railroad pony truss was moved here long ago, and today serves a trail. The bridge was a Milwaukee Road railroad bridge.

Thanks to John Marvig for assistance with discovering the history of the bridge. John found the following: This was listed as a 7 span pile trestle in 1942, and the pony truss showed up in a 1968 track chart.  The missing plaque is Lassig, and the single mounting hole indicates an 1896-1900 span.  A number of these standard spans were moved around in the 1930s and 1940s. John researched further and reports the following based on the information he was able to track down: The bridge was built 1900 at Olin, Iowa; sent to G-1900 in 1914 (after a double track structure was completed at Olin), and then sent to Menomonie in 1944, after the New Wood Branch was removed.  I have no clue what happened to G-1904, but G-368 is still standing. The other Olin span is here.
 

 

 

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