Manitowoc Rail Crossing (West)

Through Girder Bridge over Canadian National Railway
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

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Name Manitowoc Rail Crossing (West)
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor (Superstructure) American Bridge Company of New York
Contractor (Substructure) Cleary-White Construction Company of Chicago
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 105 Feet Total
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Concrete
Date Built 1914
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
C&NW Bridge Number U-6
Significance Local Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western "Shoreline Route" from Milwaukee to Green Bay:


This small through girder span crosses the Canadian National on the north side of Manitowoc. This Canadian National line is a former Soo Line mainline.
Built in 1914, the bridge is of simple design. It consists of a single through girder span, which was constructed as a second generation overpass at this location.
In addition, the bridge rests on concrete substructures.

Overall, the structure appears to be in very good condition. It has been ranked by the author as being locally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview.


Source Type


Build Date Chicago & North Western Historical Society Archives
Contractor Missing American Bridge Company plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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