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Barker-Stewart Island Railroad Bridge

Barker-Stewart Island Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): James Rouse

Bridge Documented: July 14, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Wisconsin Central) Over Wisconsin River
Location
Rural: Marathon County, Wisconsin: United States
Structure Type
Metal 13 Panel Rivet-Connected Lattice (Quadruple Warren) Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1888 By Builder/Contractor: Lassig Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
160 Feet (48.77 Meters)
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Wisconsin has a disproportionate number of remaining historic lattice truss bridges (sometimes called Warren Quadrangular trusses), which are on a national range somewhere between uncommon and rare. This is an excellent multi-span example. Apparently once a three-span bridge, the center span is now a through plate girder.

This bridge is one of three impressive railroad bridges that jump islands to cross the Wisconsin River at this location. Southeast of this bridge there is another two-span Lattice truss (Big Bull Falls Park and the east side of the river), and also a single span pony truss (Big Bull Falls Park and Stewart Island). All these bridges are historic, and HistoricBridges.org is is interested in posting a set of detail and overview photos of those bridges, as well as  additional photos of this bridge, if anyone is willing to share.

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