Devil's River High Bridge

Deck Girder Viaduct over Devil's River
North of Maribel, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

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Name Devil's River High Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By Wisconsin DNR
Length 275 Feet Total; 45 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 100 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Girder Viaduct
Substructure Type Concrete and Steel Tower
Date Built 1913
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
C&NW Bridge Number U-52
Significance Moderate Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western "Shoreline Route" from Milwaukee to Green Bay:


This large scale deck girder bridge is the highlight of the Devil's River State Trail. It crosses the Devil's River nearly 100 feet above the water.
The bridge is of simple design. It consists of seven deck girder spans, which rest on high steel bents. It was built in 1913 to replace an earlier wooden trestle type bridge.
During the time period, the Chicago & North Western was doing a considerable amount of work rebuilding this line to meet standards of typical mainlines.
In addition, the bridge rests on concrete substructures and footings.

Overall, the structure appears to be in very good condition. It has been ranked by the author as being moderately significant, due to the landmark status in the area; and the great historic integrity.
The photo above is an overview looking north.


Source Type


Build Date American Bridge Company plaque
Contractor American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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