Wisconsin Central High Bridge

Lost Truss Bridge Over St. Croix River
Somerset, St. Croix County, Wisconsin
North of Stillwater, Washington County, Minnesota

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Name Wisconsin Central High Bridge
Built By Wisconsin Central Railway
Contractor Union Bridge Company of Athens, Pennsylvania
Last Owned By Soo Line Railroad
Length 2,340 Feet Total, 160 Foot Main Span
Width 1 Track
Height Above Ground 80 Feet (Estimated)
Type Pratt Through and Deck Truss
Date Built 1884
Date Removed February 1916
Traffic Count 0 Trains/Day (Bridge is Removed)
Current Status Removed
Significance No Significance
A brief history of the Canadian National Superior Subdivision:


This pratt truss high bridge on stone piers crossed high above the Saint Croix River, before being replaced with the new high bridge upstream.
The bridge was built in 1884, as a Pratt through and deck truss high bridge. It was removed in 1916.
The bridge featured pin connections, long spans and lightweight truss engineering.
Today, all substructures still exist.

The photo above is a view looking east across the bridge site. The author has ranked this bridge as having no significance, since it has been removed for over a century.

St. Croix River Railroad Bridges
Upstream Arcola High Bridge
Downstream Hudson Swing Bridge


Source Type


Build Date Build date of line
Railroad Line History Source ICC Valuation Information, Compiled by Richard S. Steele

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