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Wisconsin Dells in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kilbourn City

Kilbourn Landmark

 
 
Kilbourn City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
1. Kilbourn City Marker
Inscription. The first bridge on this site, a wooden structure, was completed in 1857. Byron Kilbourn, land speculator and politician promoted the site. Through his influence the LaCrosse and Milwaukee Railroad crossed the river here instead of at Newport, 2 miles downstream. Newport quickly became a ghost town.

Not a modest man, Kilbourn had the city named after him. Kilbourn City retained that name until 1931 when the townspeople renamed it Wisconsin Dells, more in keeping with the scenic river beauty here.

The original wooden bridge burned in 1866 and was immediately replaced. The second wooden bridge was replaced by an iron bridge in 1877 and by this railroad bridge in 1902.

In 1955, almost 100 years after the original bridge was built, the lower roadway was abandoned in favor of the modern structure which today carries highway traffic over the Wisconsin River.
 
Erected 1979.
 
Location. 43° 37.639′ N, 89° 46.716′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker is on Broadway Street (State Highway 16/23) east of Finnegan Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the bridge abutment at the south side of the highway, west side of the
Kilbourn City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
2. Kilbourn City Marker
Marker is on the concrete bridge abutment on the right.
bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bailey's Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); H. H. Bennett Studio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stroud Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stanton Peter Helland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wisconsin Dells (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Fort Dells (approx. 0.4 miles away); Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
More about this marker. Marker cannot be viewed safely – the original sidewalk was removed to add a traffic lane.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Kilbourn City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
3. Kilbourn City Marker
Marker is on the concrete bridge abutment on the left.
Railroad Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
4. Railroad Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,943 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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