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Boscobel in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Crossing the River

 
 
Crossing the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
1. Crossing the River Marker
Inscription. With the growth of Boscobel as a shipping point for products from the region, a dependable crossing of the river became an economic necessity. The city was incorporated in 1864 so it could issue bonds for the construction of a bridge.

In 1871, the Wisconsin legislature authorized the city of Boscobel to bridge the Wisconsin River and to collect tolls. Between 1874 and 1875 a timber and iron bridge measuring 700 feet was constructed, at a cost of about $26,000. Sometime after its completion portions of the bridge was covered.

In 1935 the Wisconsin Legislature set aside funds to construct a new bridge at Boscobel. With the change to automobile travel, the old bridge was outdated and no longer safe. The State Highway Commission prepared the plans for a 1209-foot long bridge. It consisted of seven Parker overhead truss spans and a simple concrete girder at the north end.
 
Erected by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 8.98′ N, 90° 42.892′ W. Marker is in Boscobel, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from Elm Street (U.S. 61) 0.3 miles south of State Highway 60, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map
Crossing the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
2. Crossing the River Marker
Marker is to the right of the other markers.
. Marker is at the Floyd Von Haden Boat Landing & Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Boscobel WI 53805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boscobel - A River Town (here, next to this marker); Trade Links – River Borne (here, next to this marker); The River (here, next to this marker); The Gideons (approx. 2.2 miles away); The "Dinky" (approx. 11.7 miles away); Beauford T. Anderson (approx. 12.4 miles away); Gays Mills Apple Orchards (approx. 13.1 miles away); Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (approx. 13.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boscobel.
 
More about this marker. Photo captions:
1874. The toll collector's house was located in the general vincinity of this park. The minimum toll rate was 10 cents. In 1918 the bridge became part of the state highway system. Tolls were abolished in 1928 when the State Highway Commission purchased the bridge from the city.

1937. The $350,000 bridge opened with great fanfare on November 11th, 1937. The bridge was dedicated to Boscobel resident John J. Blaine, who had served as Governor of Wisconsin and US Senator. The bridge you see today was completed in 2000 at a cost of $3,400,000.
Wisconsin River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
3. Wisconsin River Bridge
Completed 2000

 
Also see . . .
1. Boscobel Bridge. Photos of the 2000 bridge. (Submitted on September 2, 2011.) 

2. Boscobel 1 area. Photos of the 1937 bridge, and photos of the other bridges. (Submitted on September 2, 2011.) 

3. Covered Bridge in Boscobel. Photo of the 1874 bridge. (Submitted on September 2, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
1937 Bridge Plaques image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
4. 1937 Bridge Plaques
Boscobel Bridge image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
5. Boscobel Bridge
Dedicated to the memory of John J. Blaine 1875-1934 Governor, United States Senator, Public Servant His lifelong crusade in behalf of liberal principles has indelibly impressed his character upon the citizenry of the State and the Nation.
1936-37 Bridge No. 146 image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 18, 2011
6. 1936-37 Bridge No. 146
State Proj. 9451 & Federal Proj. 376-E Built by State Highway Commission of Wisconsin in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads Substructure contractor Kramp Construction Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Superstructure contractor Midland Structural Steel Co. Cicero, Illinois
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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