Abandoned Red Cedar River Bridge

Abandoned Through Truss Bridge over Red Cedar River
Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin

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Name Abandoned Red Cedar River Bridge
Built By Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Omaha Railway
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago Illinois
Currently Owned By City of Menomonie
Length 470 Feet Total, 150 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 30 Feet (Estimated)
Type Quadrangular Through Truss, Trestle and I-Beam
Date Built 1893, Approach Rebuilt 1905
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Abandoned)
Current Status Abandoned
In 1880, the Menomonie Railway built a line from the existing Omaha Road line north of Downtown Menomonie to downtown Menomonie, as well as a line north to Cedar Falls.

The Menomonie Railway quickly became part of the Omaha Road. The Omaha Road became part of the Chicago Northwestern Gradualy throughout the late 1890's and early 1900's.

In the early 1900's, the line to Cedar Falls was abandoned.

The Menomonie Industrial lead operated normally, getting trains into downtown Menomonie from the line that went on the north side of town.

The Chicago Northwestern was purchased by the Union Pacific in 1995

Union Pacific abandoned this line in 2003 after a drop in traffic from downtown

Although this line was only about 3 miles long, it played a significant role on the city of Menomonie.

One good way to describe this bridge: BIG!

This bridge, just like its neighbor, the Meadow Hill Railroad Bridge lie on the same line, and have quadrangular truss span(s)

It would only make sense to convert this bridge to a trail. The trail connections are right there. On the north side, there is a trail running on some old rail beds.
On the south, the bridge ends at a parking lot for the UofW Stout, and perhaps this parking lot could serve as a parking lot for this trail, along with the Red Cedar State Trail.

The north end of the bridge also goes over a heavily used trail called the Red Cedar State Trail.

The truss spans are the exact same as a bridge in Chippewa Falls. That means this bridge may have been built in the 1890's.
The date of 1893 for the truss spans, and 1905 for the approaches has been confirmed by a Chicago & North Western Railway Annual Report.

The design for this bridge is: 7 Spans Trestle
2-150' Through Quadrangular Truss Spans
4 Spans Trestle
1-20' Span I-Beam
7 Spans Trestle

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