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Barker-Stewart Island Railroad Bridge West

Barker-Stewart Island Railroad Bridge West

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 14, 2007, August 15, 2020, and October 17, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Wisconsin Central) Over Wisconsin River (West Channel)
Location
Wausau: 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
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
158.0 Feet (48.2 Meters)
Structure Length
380.0 Feet (115.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a multi-span example of a nationally uncommon truss type, with a variety of span designs. The bridge is unusual because it has a truss span at each end and a plate girder in the middle. The western truss span is wider than the eastern truss span, to allow for a slight curving of the track over the bridge at the western end. A truss span was clearly reused and widened through alteration for this part of the bridge. Evidence comes in the form of altered portal bracing, where it is apparant that steel was added to widen the original portal bracing.

Thanks to Chicago NorthWestern Railroad's preference for lattice truss bridges, 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.

Above: Aerial view. Photo Credit: Mark Boettcher

Above: Aerial view. Photo Credit: Mark Boettcher


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