Allenton Iron Bridge

 Photographed October 22, 2014
Erected 1997 by Landmarks Commission Washington County, Wisconsin
 Allenton, Washington County, Wisconsin
43.42023,-88.346365
(marker location)
43.420127,-88.347842
(where to park to access marker)

ALLENTON
IRON BRIDGE
Town of Addison, Wisconsin
After purchasing the bridge from the Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works for $796, it was constructed by local men in 1896. The bridge was the main access to Allenton from the west until a larger concrete bridge was built by the State in 1920. Local vehicle traffic continued using it until 1973 when it was designated a pedestrian bridge.
The marker is located at Riveredge Park, 716 Rock River Drive, Allenton, Wisconsin 53202.

NOTE: This is one of those fun markers to find -- impossible to see from the roadway, no nearby parking, and creates all kinds of havoc for GPS. Here's how to reach the marker. The photos below also show how to find the marker.
  • Use the above coordinates for where to park on northbound New Plat Street, at its intersection with Rock River Drive, to access the marker location. You are now due west of the marker's location on Rock River Drive.
  • Follow the obvious path east about 100 yards, past a picnic area with a huge white roof shelter. You'll find the marker and bridge directly in front of you.
The marker is No. 96-004 in a series of markers placed by the Washington County Landmarks Commission.


 With the "new" bridge in the background.

The marker is dwarfed by the scenery around it.

 The Allenton Iron Bridge.


 There is a pathway visible just a sliver on the right of this photo.
Follow it to the marker location, on the other side of the white-roofed
shelter visible in the distance.

 Park here to access the marker location.

 A typical Wisconsin summer -- road closures,
and all kinds of fun getting to the marker location!

The marker was only about 100 yards from this intersection --
the detour took me several miles out of my way.

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