Bridge of Pines, Ermatinger Drive in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, WI
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Ermatinger Drive in Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls, WI
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER WI-36
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-12).
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1913 subsequent work
Significance: In 1906, the city of Chippewa Falls established Irvine Park. The Bridge of Pines represents two phases of the park's development, In 1907m the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company erected a one-span arched Warren truss across Duncan Creek near the park's main entrance. In 1913, the Worden-Allen Company incorporated this bridge into a three-span structure crossing a ravine in a north addition. Both companies were prominent bridge-building firms that continued into the 1970s-1980s. The 146-foot structure incorporates the continuous top chord, a design apparently unique to these two companies. The Bridge of Pines is possibly the only remaining metal truss in Wisconsin specifically designed as an ornamental park bridge.
Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. VIEW OF ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH
2. VIEW FROM BELOW DECK, SHOWING PIERS AND VERTICAL SUPPORT MEMBERS
3. DETAIL VIEW OF EAST TRUSS WITH DECK
4. DETAIL VIEW OF EAST TRUSS, SHOWING BRACE
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