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

The Cobban Bridge

 
 
The Cobban Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
1. The Cobban Bridge Marker
Inscription. The Cobban Bridge, constructed in 1908 by the Modern Steel Structural Company of Waukesha, is a two-span Pennsylvania overhead truss type bridge and is the oldest of its kind in Wisconsin. Originally it crossed the Chippewa River just upstream from its junction with the Yellow River. The bridge was dismantled during the construction of the Wissota Dam in 1916, and through the efforts of Oscar Anderson, a Cobban store owner, the bridge was acquired to be placed on land donated by S.C.F. Cobban. During the winters of 1916 and 1917, the dismantled bridge was hauled here by horse and sled, with the movers receiving one dollar per ton for the fifteen mile trip. Footings were placed by the L.G. Arnold Company and reconstruction was done by Cromby and Thallacker of Milwaukee in 1918-19. The ferry that had provided a crossing to Cobban was discontinued, replaced by the Cobban Bridge, which was soon nicknamed the "Little Wagon Bridge."
 
Erected 1986 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 278.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 6.353′ N, 91° 12.589′ W. Marker is near Cobban, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker
The Cobban Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tami Carlson, July 24, 2013
2. The Cobban Bridge
Another different angle of the bridge
is on State Highway 178 0.1 miles south of County Highway TT, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at a highway pull-off. Marker is in this post office area: Jim Falls WI 54748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornell Women's Club Tablet (approx. 4.4 miles away); Old Abe, the War Eagle (approx. 4.4 miles away); Cornell Pulpwood Stacker (approx. 4.9 miles away); Ezra Cornell (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pulpwood Stacker (approx. 4.9 miles away); Jean Brunet (approx. 4.9 miles away); Old Abe the War Eagle (approx. 5 miles away); Bohemian National Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The one-lane bridge was to be closed in the early 1990s, but complaints from people who use the bridge frequently led to a reconsideration, and some repair work was done allowing it to stay open. The bridge is slated for replacement.
 
Also see . . .  CStPM&O & CNW Cobban Wisconsin. "This old girder bridge still stands functionally today, has one lane traffic, and hardwood cross-plank roadbed with additional hardwood planks for the tire paths. As you walk or ride over on a bike, you can see the water beneath through the gaps in the wooden planks." (Submitted on October 20, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
The Cobban Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tami Carlson, July 24, 2013
3. The Cobban Bridge Marker
The Cobban Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
4. The Cobban Bridge and Marker
The Cobban Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
5. The Cobban Bridge
The Cobban Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tami Carlson, July 24, 2013
6. The Cobban Bridge
Westbound Towards Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
7. Westbound Towards Bridge
The Cobban Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 14, 2008
8. The Cobban Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,332 times since then and 302 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2013, by Tami Carlson of Minneapolis, Minnesota.   4, 5. submitted on October 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   6. submitted on July 27, 2013, by Tami Carlson of Minneapolis, Minnesota.   7, 8. submitted on October 20, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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