The following year, this railroad would become part of the Chicago & North Western Railway, which was beginning to build extensive lines in the Upper Midwest.
In 1870, the railroad would extend another 5 miles to Lake Angeline. The system of mine spurs in the northern part of the Upper Peninsula would be extended over the coming years.
By 1871, the railroad would build a new mainline to connect Escanaba to Green Bay, Wisconsin. This line connected the Upper Peninsula lines to the rest of the core system.
The new line would head west along present day US-2, and drop south at Powers. From here, it would cross the Menominee River at Marinette.
It would go through Peshtigo and Oconto before finally reaching Green Bay from the north.
The C&NW intended to reduce the amount of route miles. This line got sold to the Wisconsin Central, Ltd. This regional railroad owned many former C&NW and Milwaukee Road lines in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota.
By 2001, the railroad would change hands again. This time, Canadian National Railway would take over.
Today, it continues to be operated as the Canadian National Marinette Subdivision
This iconic bridge sits near the mouth of the Oconto River, and contains many historic details
Originally built in late 1903 and erected in 1904, the main swing span of this bridge was once capable of turning. Although it has not for many years, it still has all the machinery necessary to operate.
In 1911, at least the south through girder span was added to the bridge. It is unknown if the north I-Beam span was added at the same time, although it seems likely.
The bridge rests on massive stone substructures.
Unfortunately, the perfectly sunny day turned cloudy right before I got here.
Overall, the bridge looks to be in great condition. The author has rated the bridge with moderate significance, because of the common design turned into a swing bridge.
The photo above is an overview.
|Upstream||Stiles Rail Bridge|
|Downstream||Mouth at Lake Michigan|