- 1848: Began grading 17 miles from Beloit to Magnolia, Wisconsin by the Beloit and Madison Railroad
- 1860: 17 miles completed from Beloit to Magnolia, Wisconsin by the Beloit and Madison Railroad
- 1870: 29 miles completed from Winona Junction, Wisconsin to Winona, Minnesota by the La Crosse, Trempealeau and Prescott Railroad
- 1870: 129 miles started from Madison to Winona Junction, Wisconsin by the Baraboo Air Line Railroad
- 1871: Chicago & North Western Railway acquires the Baraboo Air Line Railroad
- 1873: 129 miles completed from Madison to Winona Junction, Wisconsin by the Chicago & North Western Railway
- 1874: Chicago & North Western Railway acquires the Beloit and Madison Railroad
- 1877: Chicago & North Western Railway acquires the La Crosse, Trempeleau and Prescott Railroad
- 1886: 4 miles completed from Meadery to La Crosse, Wisconsin by the Chicago & North Western Railway
- 1896-99: Segment between Evansville and Elroy double tracked and improved
- 1953-56: Double track mostly removed
- 1964: 33 miles abandoned from Elroy to Sparta, Wisconsin and purchased by Wisconsin DNR for future trail use
- 1965: First rail-trail in the United States opens between Elroy and Sparta
- 1976: Sparta to Winona and Meadery to La Crosse segments abandoned. Wisconsin DNR acquires land for trail use
- 1977: Beloit to Evansville segment abandoned
- 1979: Winona to Trempeleau segment acquired by Wisconsin DNR
- 1985: Reedsburg to Elroy segment abandoned and acquired by Wisconsin DNR
- 1980s: Onalaska to Trempeleau segment opens as Great River State Trail
- 1980s: Onalaska to Sparta segment and La Crosse Branch open as La Crosse River River State Trail
- 1993: 400 State Trail opens between Reedsburg and Elroy
- 1995: Chicago & North Western purchased by Union Pacific Railroad
- 1996: Union Pacific leases the Fitchburg-Reedsburg segment to the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad
- 1999: Fitchburg-Evansville segment abandoned, sold to City of Fitchburg and City of Oregon
- 2014: State of Wisconsin purchases the Madison-Reedsburg line from Union Pacific Railroad
- 2014: Wisconsin & Southern Railroad begins operations from Fitchburg to Oregon
- 1996-Present: Wisconsin & Southern Railroad operates the Madison-Reedsburg line
- 2014-Present: Wisconsin & Southern Railroad operates the Fitchburg-Evansville line, although it is still out of service
This small I-Beam bridge crosses Troy Drive on the north side of Madison.
Originally built in 1896 as a dual track deck girder, that bridge would later be replaced with the current I-Beam span.
Significant work was done between 1960 and 1966 through this area. Part of this could have been the replacement of the older girder span with the current span. The bridge continues to rest on the 1896 stone abutments.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in good condition.
The author has ranked this bridge as being minimally significant, due to the common design.
The photo above is an overview. The bridge can be accessed from the road below.