Upper Burger Swing Bridge

Through Truss Swing Bridge over Manitowoc River
Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

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Name Upper Burger Swing Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company (Lassig Branch)
Currently Owned By Canadian National Railway
Length 175 Feet Total; 87 Foot Leafs
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Warren Through Truss
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1910
Traffic Count 2 Trains/Day (Estimated)
Current Status In Use
C&NW Bridge Number 2121
Significance Regional Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western Two Rivers branch:


This unique swing bridge crosses the Manitowoc River near the Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc.
Built 1910, the bridge features a single riveted through truss swing span, set onto stone and concrete substructures.
Eastern Wisconsin has many movable spans, due to the industrial nature of the area. However, it is believed that this span has not moved in many years.
While bridge records indicate the bridge was built in 1910, there is a possibility this span is older. Oftentimes, railroads would reuse older spans on branch lines.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in fair to good condition.

The bridge is extremely hard to photograph. However, it is an extremely unique structure. Because of this, the author has ranked it as being regionally significant. The structure still displays a high level of historic integrity.
The photo above is an overview.

Manitowoc River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Manitowoc Low Trestle
Downstream Lower Burger Rail Bridge


Source Type


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

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