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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Steensland Bridge

 
 
Steensland Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
1. Steensland Bridge Marker
Inscription. The Steensland Bridge was named after Norwegian Consul Halle Steensland who donated $10,000 in 1904 for construction of a stone bridge over the Yahara River. The bridge was widened in 1950 reusing the original stone facing. The bridge was replaced with the reconstruction of East Washington Avenue in 2006. The plaque above, from the original Steensland Bridge, is displayed here as a connection to the rich past of the Yahara River Parkway. The design of the current bridge reflects the ideas of the "Prairie School" style of landscape architecture, as originally envisioned in the Yahara River Master Plan, prepared in the late 1800's by O.C. Simonds, and later updated in 1911 by John Nolen.
 
Location. 43° 5.396′ N, 89° 21.722′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Washington Avenue. Click for map. The marker is on the south side of the Yahara River. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Steensland Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Burr Jones Field (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Steensland Bridge Plaque image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
2. Steensland Bridge Plaque
Inscription: This bridge presented to the City of Madison by Consul Halle Steensland in commemoration of his fifty years of residence in the city, 1855 - 1905
Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co. Office Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Yahara River Parkway (approx. 0.2 miles away); John A. Johnson made Madison's Factory District Flourish (approx. mile away); Gisholt Machine Company Manufacturing Complex (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tenney Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage / Frank J. Hess, Cooper (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
More about this marker. There is an identical marker on the other side of the bridge.
 
Regarding Steensland Bridge. The nearby Yahara River Parkway marker tells more about the Yahara River Master Plan described in this marker.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Steensland Bridge Marker and Plaque image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
3. Steensland Bridge Marker and Plaque
Steensland Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
4. Steensland Bridge Marker
East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
5. East Washington Avenue Bridge
The view from the overlook on the bridge looking southeast.
East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
6. East Washington Avenue Bridge
East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
7. East Washington Avenue Bridge
East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
8. East Washington Avenue Bridge
Detail of East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
9. Detail of East Washington Avenue Bridge
Arches under East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
10. Arches under East Washington Avenue Bridge
East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
11. East Washington Avenue Bridge
The "V" motif continues even in the lights for the walkways under the bridge.
East Washington Avenue Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, December 4, 2010
12. East Washington Avenue Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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