West Bend Trail Bridge

Through Plate Girder over Milwaukee River
West Bend, Washington County, Wisconsin

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Name West Bend Trail Bridge
Built By Chicago & North Western Railway
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works of Chicago
Currently Owned By Wisconsin DNR
Length 160 Feet Total, 80 Foot Main Spans
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 20 Feet (Estimated)
Superstructure Type Through Plate Girder
Substructure Type Stone Masonry
Date Built 1900
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is a Trail)
Current Status Rails to Trails
WC Bridge Number 1679
Significance Local Significance
A brief history of the Chicago & North Western route from from Milwaukee to Fond du Lac:


This through girder bridge crosses the Milwaukee River on the in West Bend, Wisconsin.
The bridge was built in 1900, likely to replace an older truss. It consists two through girder spans. These rest on stone substructures.
Overall, the bridge appears to be in healthy condition. It is a part of the well liked Eisenbahn Trail. It sits near Kilbourne Avenue.

The author has ranked this bridge as being locally significant, due to the common design. Despite this, the bridge does retain a very high level of historic integrity.
The photo above is an overview.

Milwaukee River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Barton Trail Bridge
Downstream Saukville Rail Bridge


Source Type


Build Date Lassig Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Contractor Lassig Bridge & Iron Works plaque
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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