Duck Creek Swing Bridge

Through Girder Swing Bridge over Duck Creek
Howard, Brown County, Wisconsin

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Name Duck Creek Swing Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company (Lassig Branch)
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 145 Feet Total, 110 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Girder and I-Beam
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1903
Traffic Count 4 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
C&NW Bridge Number 1500
Significance Moderate Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Peninsula Division line:


This bridge is a small through girder swing bridge over Duck Creek near where I-41/US-141 and I-43 meet in Howard.
Built in 1903, the bridge sits on masonry substructures, including a round center pier which still has full gears to operate.
However, it is highly doubted the bridge could actually operate in its current state, and there would be little need for it to.
Today, the bridge is a popular fishing spot and a landmark of sorts. Overall, the bridge remains in good condition with some deterioration.

The author has ranked this bridge as being moderately significant, due to the swing design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


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

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