Steam Boilers

Steam Boilers (HM1KGU)

Location: Algoma, WI 54201 Kewaunee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 38.9039', W 87° 28.3497'

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The Bridges Beneath

The stream underneath the trail on which you stand, runs through an interesting piece of history. The bridge that supports the trail is actually an old steam boiler. These boilerswere used in steam engines to create the power needed to move the giant machines. Specifically, water was held in the boiler and wood or coal would be burned beneath it in order to create steam. The energy produced by this reaction would create pressure, and when released, it would crank the pistons, which in turn, would move the wheels. When the engines became obsolete, the company would dismantle them for replacement parts. Many such boilers were used to create an instant immovable pillar to span low drainage points and small streams. Thus, old railroad builders were able to create quick bridges with present day antiques.

Source & Picture:
Mailer, Stan. Green Bay & Western;
Edmonds, Washington: Hundman Publishing, 1989.

Will, Les. Member or the Ahnapee Recreation Trail Management
J.T. Burke: BSA 9722 #4
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceBridge
Marker TypeHistoric Structure
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker NumberBSA 9722 #4
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 9:24am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] CHRIS RAND  
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionLocated along the Ahnapee State Trail.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 462533 N 4944001
Decimal Degrees44.64839900, -87.47249500
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 38.9039', W 87° 28.3497'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 38' 54.2364" N, 87° 28' 20.9820" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)920
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ahnapee State Trail, Algoma WI 54201, US
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