Meadow Hill Railroad Bridge

Quadrangular Through Truss Bridge over Wilson Creek
Menomonie, Dunn County, Wisconsin

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Name Meadow Hill Railroad Bridge
Built By Chicago & Northwestern Railway
Contractor American Bridge Company of New York
Currently Owned By City of Menomonie
Length 196 Feet Total, 150 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 10 Feet (Estimated)
Type Quadrangular Through Truss and Deck Plate Girder
Date Built 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.

This beautiful bridge in downtown crosses the peaceful Wilson Creek, just off of a busy road.

Partially covered by woods and trees, this bridge is located out of the normal viewing eye.

This bridge, along with the Red Cedar River Bridge, just down the abandoned grade, would make a great trail. The trails are already there, the bridges just aren't hooked in....yet.

The truss span matches, almost exactly, the Chippewa Falls Railroad Bridge, built in 1894. But this one was built in 1905.

There is a 150' Truss Span and a 46' Deck Plate Girder Span.

The photo above is looking from a nearby street.

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