Manitowoc Low Trestle

Through Girder Bridge over Manitowoc River
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

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Name Manitowoc Low Trestle
Built By Wisconsin Central Railway
Contractor (Main Spans) Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company of Milwaukee
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 503 Feet Total, 75 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Girder, I-Beam and Trestle
Substructure Type Timber and Steel Pile
Date Built 1896, Rebuilt Ca. 1940 and Ca. 1998
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
CN Bridge Number 43.05
Significance Local Significance
A brief history of the Canadian National Manitowoc Subdivision:


This large jumble of a bridge crosses the Manitowoc River on the former Soo Line branch to Manitowoc.
The bridge was originally built in 1896, using the through girder spans and trestle approaches. However; the bridge would be heavily rebuilt in the 1940s with I-Beam spans approaching the main spans.
In the 1990s, a fire on the bridge destroyed some piers and substructures; which were rebuilt. In addition, the east end was destroyed by this fire.
Presently, the bridge rests on a number of types of substructures. This includes wooden piles, steel piles and concrete capped bents.

Overall, the structure appears to be in decent condition, considering the damages that have been subjected to the bridge. It has been ranked by the author as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.

Manitowoc River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Manitowoc High Trestle
Downstream Upper Burger Swing Bridge


Source Type


Build Date Provided by SW Engineering
Contractor Missing Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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