Eau Claire (WQOW) — More than 130 years of history have passed over the Chippewa River, either by train or foot, across the high bridge in Eau Claire.
Thursday, its long history was marked with a permanent plaque. It’s Eau Claire’s oldest bridge, once known as the Northwestern Railroad Bridge, used by trains until 1992, then converted into the pedestrian bridge we know today, in 2015.
The high bridge marker is the 20th in a series of historic plaques from the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission, placed along waterways highlighting our city’s rich history.
“We wanted to celebrate the history of what was going on along the rivers and our waterways over the years, and also with the construction of the riverfront trail we thought it was a nice opportunity to kind of combine the two,” said Pat Ivory, senior planner for Eau Claire’s Landmarks Commission. “Also, provide some information about the history of what was going on along the waterways back years ago.”
Ivory also told News 18 the high bridge is unique in its design and engineering, the iron lattice makes it one of a kind, likely in the country.
Besides this new marker, the high bridge also has a spot on the National Historic Register and has been on the local register since 2016.