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

Sherman Avenue Crossing

 
 
Sherman Avenue Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
1. Sherman Avenue Crossing Marker
Inscription. The original Sherman Avenue crossing over the Yahara River was a wooden bridge built by Leonard Farwell circa 1848. It was replaced in 1874. By 1904 the bridge consisted of steel beams, plates and rivets with a wooden plank deck. There are four similar bridges over the Yahara River in use today, all of which were initially constructed as railroad bridges.

This bridge was replaced in 1934 by a steel bridge with a concrete arch facade. The beams, deck and railings of the 1934 bridge were replaced in 2003 with concrete beams and facade and railing that match the 1934 construction.
 
Location. 43° 5.69′ N, 89° 22.187′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and North Thornton Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Sherman Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is on the north end of the Yahara Bridge on the lake side of Sherman Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tenney Park Lock and Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Tenney Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Tenney Park (approx. mile away); Steensland Bridge
Photo on Sherman Avenue Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
2. Photo on Sherman Avenue Crossing Marker
Wisconsin Historical Society
Charles N. Brown
1904 ca.
(approx. half a mile away); Fuller & Johnson Manufacturing Co. Office Building (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Steensland Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Burr Jones Field (approx. half a mile away); Bird Effigy Mound (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
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Sherman Avenue Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
3. Sherman Avenue Crossing Marker
Tenney Park Lock and Dam in background.
Yahara Bridge at Sherman Avenue image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 12, 2010
4. Yahara Bridge at Sherman Avenue
This is the 2003 bridge referenced in the marker.
Related Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
5. Related Bridge
This is one of the existing bridges referenced in the marker as being similar to the Sherman Avenue bridge as of 1904, that is, the one that "consisted of steel beams, plates and rivets."
Related Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, June 24, 2010
6. Related Bridge
The former railroad bridge consisting of steel beams, plates and rivets now serves a bike path. This bridge is next to the Yahara River Parkway historical marker.
2003 Sherman Avenue Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 26, 2012
7. 2003 Sherman Avenue Crossing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 711 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 22, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   7. submitted on April 27, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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