Abandoned Kinnickinnic River Bridge

Abandoned Deck Girder Bridge over Kinnickinnic River
West Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

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Name Abandoned Kinnickinnic River Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Union Pacific Railroad
Length 70 Feet Total, 45 Foot Largest Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Substructure Type Deck Plate Girder
Date Built 1944/td>
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Abandoned)
Current Status Abandoned, Partially Demolished
Significance Local Significance
A brief history of the Union Pacific Milwaukee Subdivision:


Hidden behind Pulaski Park is this partially demolished bridge.
The bridge was a two span deck girder with wooden piers, and wooden stringer approaches.

Since the Kinnickinnic River has a flood control device, which creates steel channel walls, the bridge used the walls as piers.

Unknown why, but the eastern spans of this bridge were removed. This could be from anything that ranges from intentional removal to flood destruction.

The bridge also served some sort of industry from 1944 until the 1980s or 1990s.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from Pulaski Park.

Kinnickinnic River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Green Spur Bridge
Downstream Pulaski Park Rail Bridge


Source Type


Build Date Chicago & North Western Railway Historical Society Archives
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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