Marker 519: Milwaukee Street Bridge

© Photographed August 12, 2013
Erected 2008 by Wisconsin State Historical Society
Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
43° 11.418′ N, 88° 43.552′ W
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MILWAUKEE STREET
BRIDGE
One of the nation’s most innovative bridge designers of the 20th century, Daniel B. Luten, designed the Milwaukee Street Bridge. Constructed in 1930 by Eau Claire Engineering, the bridge was a rare example of a steel-reinforced, three span, open-spandrel, continuous rib arch bridge. Luten’s national success resulted from his ability to reduce the need for expensive materials while maintaining safety and strength. By 1927, Luten held nearly 50 patents for bridge designs and other innovations related to concrete construction. The bridge served Watertown residents until its replacement in 2007.
The marker is located along the river walk in South First Street Park. Parking is available at the Watertown Senior and Community Center, 514 South First Street, Watertown, Wisconsin 53094.

Watertownhistory.org: The Milwaukee Street Bridge



Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections: Daniel B. Luten papers, 1898-1924


 At a lovely location in South First Street Park.


 With the bridge in the background . . .



 There's plenty of parking in the community center parking lot
(enter on South 1st Street)

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