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Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge

 
 
The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
1. The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge Marker
Inscription. 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

 
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker
The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
2. The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge and Marker
Number 9.)
 
Location. 44° 56.178′ N, 91° 23.446′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is at the intersection of Rushman Drive (State Highway 124) and East Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Rushman Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hiram Stores Allen (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (about 600 feet away); Old McDonell High School (about 800 feet away); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Notre Dame Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Federal Building & Early Mail Service (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Mason Shoe Factory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Flickr. Photos of the Rainbow Arch Bridge, including a photo of the bridge during the flood of 1934. (Submitted on December 7, 2010.) 

2. Iowa Department of Transportation. Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridges in Iowa. "The
The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
3. The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge and Marker
National Register of Historic Places #82000642
Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge is a patented bridge design by James Barney Marsh, a graduate of Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now Iowa State University). Around the turn of the 20th Century, reinforced concrete was introduced in Iowa as an important new bridge construction material." (Submitted on December 7, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 980 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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