Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge
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
Marker Sign #9
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
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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 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,114 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.