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Prescott Bridge, Spanning St. Croix River on U.S. Highway 10, Prescott, Pierce County, WI



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Item Title


Location
Spanning St. Croix River on U.S. Highway 10, Prescott vicinity, WI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WI-61
Building/structure dates: 1922 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1946 subsequent work
Significance: The Prescott Bridge is a rare regional example of a Waddell-and-Harrington, vertical-lift highway bridge. Built by a group of Prescott residents who operated it as a toll crossing from 1923 to 1946, the bridge proved to be a successful commercial venture, although it did not revitalize the City of Prescott as many had expected. The bridge played a major role in developing the region's commerce and transportation, helping to create a major interstate route (eventually designated United States Highway 10) which linked eastern Wisconsin and St. Paul. Recognizing its importance, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Highway Commissions in 1946 purchased the bridge and removed the toll to facilitate travel and commerce. By 1969, the Prescott Bridge could not accommodate current traffic needs and it was scheduled for replacement.

Related Names
Waddell, John Alexander Low.
Harrington, John Lyle
Prescott Bridge Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL SETTING, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
2. GENERAL SETTING, LOOKING EAST
3. GENERAL SETTING, LOOKING NORTH
4. GENERAL SETTING, LOOKING WEST
5. NORTH SIDE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
6. WEST APPROACH, LOOKING EAST
7. SOUTH SIDE, LOOKING NORTH
8. SOUTH SIDE, WITH LIFT SPAN IN RAISED POSITION, LOOKING NORTH
9. EAST APPROACH, LOOKING WEST
10. EAST FIXED SPAN, SOUTHEAST ENDPOST, DETAIL OF BUILDER'S PLATE; LOOKING WEST
11. EAST FIXED SPAN, NORTH WEB, SOUTH SIDE OF TOLL TAKER'S HOUSE; LOOKING NORTHWEST
12. EAST FIXED SPAN, NORTH WEB, DETAIL OF THIRD AND FOURTH PANELS; LOOKING SOUTHWEST
13. LIFT SPAN, SOUTH SIDE; LOOKING NORTH
14. LIFT SPAN, EAST PORTAL; LOOKING WEST
15. LIFT SPAN, WEST PORTAL; LOOKING EAST
16. LIFT SPAN, INSIDE SOUTH WEB; LOOKING SOUTHWEST
17. EAST TOWER ON LIFT SPAN, SOUTH AND EAST SIDES, 3/4 VIEW; LOOKING NORTHWEST
18. EAST TOWER ON LIFT SPAN, WEST SIDE, WITH SPAN 3/4 RAISED; LOOKING WEST
19. WEST TOWER ON LIFT SPAN, SOUTH AND EAST SIDES, 3/4 VIEW; LOOKING NORTHWEST
20. WEST TOWER ON LIFT SPAN, EAST SIDE; LOOKING NORTHWEST
21. LIFT SPAN, DETAIL OF OPERATOR'S HOUSE, SHOWING SOUTH SIDE; LOOKING NORTH
22. LIFT SPAN, DETAIL OF OPERATOR'S HOUSE, SHOWING 3/4 VIEW OF NORTH AND EAST SIDES; LOOKING SOUTHWEST
23. LIFT SPAN, DETAIL OF SOUTH WINDING DRUM; LOOKING SOUTHWEST
24. LIFT SPAN, OPERATOR'S HOUSE, INTERIOR; LOOKING SOUTHEAST
25. Photocopy of c.1922 photograph of bridge; Toltz, King and Day, Photographers; original in the offices of Toltz, King, Duvall, Anderson and Associates, St, Paul; SHOWS NEARLY COMPLETED PRESCOTT BRIDGE, NORTH SIDE; LOOKING SOUTHWEST


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