Alphonse Halter Nine-Arch Stone Bridge

© Photographed July 17, 2017
Erected 2016 by the Halter Family,
the Malone Area Heritage Museum,
Alphonse's Grandchildren, and area residents
St. Cloud, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
43.814118, -88.165092

In 1901, Alphonse Halter, a Swiss immigrant, designed and completed this impressive nine-arch stone bridge over the Sheboygan River. Alphonse's son, Gregory, and brother-in-law, Finton Schaub, along with local skilled laborers, assisted in the construction.

This picturesque landmark is an example of arched stone bridges that could be found throughout Wisconsin. Measuring 16 feet wide and 154 feet long, it contains the largest number of spans of any surviving arched stone bridge in the state and has a classical Romanesque design unique to Wisconsin.

Replacing a wooden bridge on this site, the arched stone bridge endured for over a century as a thoroughfare for local residents who have always referred to it as "The Old River Bridge". In 2004, the Town of Marshfield had repairs done to reinforce the structural integrity of the bridge. The bridge was closed to all vehicular traffic in 2012 and now serves as a walking and biking path.

Alphonse Halter was born in 1858 in Rebstein, Switzerland. He arrived in New York City aboard the ship Labrador in 1882, and settled in Mount Calvary in the mid 1880s. He married Rosalia Schaub. In 1902, Alphonse moved to Fond du Lac. He died in an auto accident in 1934 and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Mount Calvary.
The bridge and marker are located at Riverside Park, adjacent to the west bank of the Sheboygan River, and are accessible from northbound Main Street / County Highway G, at its intersection with Palm Tree Road, St. Cloud, Wisconsin 53079.

The west side of the bridge.
It's challenging to get all nine arches into one photograph!

Jared Berenz's Eagle Scout Project has added several
improvements to the park and the bridge marker monument.

A beautiful setting!

 Dexter very much enjoyed himself at dog-friendly Riverside Park.

The bridge and marker (visible in the distance to the right)
are located at Riverside Park.

The Malone Area Heritage Museum is located in nearby Malone, Wisconsin.

The marker and bridge are located just outside St. Cloud, Wisconsin.

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