From Boulders to Bridges: Stone Bridge Heritage

© Photographed June 18, 2015
Erected by Friends of the Spirit Double Arch Bridge
Ogema, Price County, Wisconsin
45.467104, -90.067782

[See marker transcription below]

The marker is located at Spirit Memorial Park and is accessible from northbound River Drive, at its intersection with Bains Road and north of its intersection with Wisconsin Highway 86, Ogema, Wisconsin 54459.

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Take a Peek!
In 2005, "Friends of the Spirit Double Arch Bridge" and the Price County Historical Society began a project to honor and preserve the Emil Johnson Double Arch Stone Bridge, which was being replaced by a more modern structure. They planned to take apart and then rebuild the bridge in a new location, so that others could continue to enjoy its historic presence.

The three-fourths size replica before you was constructed as a three-dimensional puzzle. To keep all the pieces of the original bridge in order, volunteers whitewashed and numbered each stone before it was taken apart.
Modern equipment was used to carefully remove and relocate the original boulders. These hefty pieces were moved from their original location over the Spirit River to their new home at Spirit Memorial Park just a short distance away.
Before the replica could be constructed, volunteers and members of the "Friends of the Spirit Double Arch Bridge" worked with contractors to clear ground and lay a cement foundation for the replica. Each original boulder was power washed before being placed.
Throughout 2006, the bridge replica was built in what is now Spirit Memorial Park. Local architects, stone masons, and other Spirit volunteers pieced together the replica as closely as possible to that of the early stone masons.
Who Were the Re-Builders?
Take a moment to recognize those who worked to save this historical legacy. Friends of the Spirit Double Arch Bridge, Price County Historical Society, Adopt-A-Rock sponsors, and other major contributors within Spirit made the preservation of this unique architecture an cultural history possible.

The marker is located at Spirit Memorial Park.

At the intersection of River Road and Wisconsin Highway 86.

Spirit Memorial Park is located in Spirit (Ogema), Wisconsin.

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