Crossing the River

Crossing the River (HMVH9)

Location: Boscobel, WI 53805 Grant County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 8.98', W 90° 42.892'

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With the growth of Boscobel as a shipping point for products from the region, a dependable crossing of the river became an economic necessity. The city was incorporated in 1864 so it could issue bonds for the construction of a bridge.

In 1871, the Wisconsin legislature authorized the city of Boscobel to bridge the Wisconsin River and to collect tolls. Between 1874 and 1875 a timber and iron bridge measuring 700 feet was constructed, at a cost of about $26,000. Sometime after its completion portions of the bridge was covered.

In 1935 the Wisconsin Legislature set aside funds to construct a new bridge at Boscobel. With the change to automobile travel, the old bridge was outdated and no longer safe. The State Highway Commission prepared the plans for a 1209-foot long bridge. It consisted of seven Parker overhead truss spans and a simple concrete girder at the north end.
HM NumberHMVH9
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 685808 N 4779970
Decimal Degrees43.14966667, -90.71486667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 8.98', W 90° 42.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 8' 58.80" N, 90° 42' 53.52" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 149-199 Elm St, Boscobel WI 53805, US
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