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Manchester Street Bridge

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1884, Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works. Baraboo River in Ochsner Park, north of 2nd Ave.
  • (Photograph by Bill Guerin, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

This is one of only two camelback through-truss bridges remaining in Wisconsin and the only nineteenth-century example. The bridge type, named for its five-sloped, humplike shape, supports the roadway by running it through an enclosed framework of trusses, which dissipate the load. The 128-foot span is built of wrought iron with a wooden deck, and all major joints are pinned rather than riveted. The bridge originally rested on stone piers and was located on the east side of Baraboo, where it crossed the river near its Lower Oxbow at Manchester Street. When the City of Baraboo relocated it to Ochsner Park in 1987, it was placed on concrete supports.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Manchester Street Bridge", [Baraboo, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 492-492.

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