Boscobel in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Crossing the River
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 With the change to automobile travel, the old bridge was outdated and no longer safe.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
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. 13½ 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.
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 •
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 415 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 2, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.