Manitowoc High Trestle

Deck Girder Viaduct over Manitowoc River
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

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Name Manitowoc High Trestle
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Unknown
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 1,009 Feet Total; 60 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 80 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Deck Girder Viaduct
Substructure Type Stone Masonry, Steel Tower and Concrete Pile
Date Built 1906
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
C&NW Bridge Number U-8
Significance Moderate Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western "Shoreline Route" from Milwaukee to Green Bay:


This large scale deck girder bridge towers over the Manitowoc River on the north side of Manitowoc.
The bridge is of simple design. It consists of 20 deck girder spans, which rest on high steel bents. It was built in 1906 when the line north from Manitowoc was being built.
In addition, the bridge rests mainly on stone substructures and footings. However, the north end uses concrete pile piers; which likely replaced older wooden piers.

Historic Photo
Historic photo of the bridge

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.

Manitowoc River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Valders Rail Bridge
Downstream Manitowoc Low Trestle


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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