The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge

The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (HMPZ9)

Location: Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 Chippewa County
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N 44° 56.178', W 91° 23.446'

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The City of Chippewa Falls was organized around two moving bodies of water, the Chippewa River and its tributary Duncan Creek. Bridges soon became necessary with rapid expansion of the transportation system in the late 19th and early 20th century. By 1891, within the city limits, seven bridges crossed Duncan Creek and one crossed the Chippewa River.

This architecturally significant "Rainbow Arch Bridge" is a classic example of the small reinforced concrete bridges which began appearing around the United States in the 1890's and were built in large numbers in the early 20th century. The 93 foot single span Spring Street Bridge is constructed in the typical arch form in which the roadway is suspended from the arch. Eight concrete vertical intermediate posts on each side are joined by the concrete floor beams. It is further characterized by the two decorative balustrade railings, and the four original lamp posts that remain intact.

This bridge was built in 1916 by the Iowa Bridge Company at a cost of $13,950. It was the only Duncan Creek bridge that survived the destructive flood of 1934.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #9
HM NumberHMPZ9
Marker Number9_MARKER_NUM
Placed ByThe Chippewa County Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 1:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 626972 N 4977133
Decimal Degrees44.93630000, -91.39076667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 56.178', W 91° 23.446'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 56' 10.68" N, 91° 23' 26.76" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12 E Spring St, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, US
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