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1ST ST

Architecture and History Inventory

NAMES

Historic Name: FIRST STREET BRIDGE

Other Name: STONE ARCH BRIDGE

Contributing: 

Reference Number: 21890

PROPERTY LOCATION

Location (Address): 1ST ST

County: Lincoln

City: Merrill

Township/Village: 

Unincorporated Community: 

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PROPERTY FEATURES

Year Built: 1904

Additions:

Survey Date:1991

Historic Use: stone arch bridge

Architectural Style: NA (unknown or not a building)

Property Type: 

Structural System: Stone

Wall Material: Granite Stone

Architect:CHARLES V. SHELDON

Architect:Fred Hesterman

Other Buildings On Site: 

Demolished?: No

Demolished Date: 

DESIGNATIONS

National/State Register Listing Name: FIRST STREET BRIDGE

National Register Listing Date: 1996-09-12

State Register Listing Date: 1996-06-21

National Register Multiple Property Name: 

NOTES

Additional Information: 3 ARCH BRIDGE IS 130 FT IN LENGTH OF SEMI-COURSED GRANITE RUBBLE CONSTRUCTION. GRANITE RUBBLE RETAINING WALLS ON RIVER SIDES. REHABILITATED 2001. SEE DOT BRIDGE SURVEY #B-35-2 [Date Cnst:(DOT BRIDGE SURVEY)].

THE STONE ARCH BRIDGE WHICH CROSSES THE PRAIRIE RIVER ON W. FIRST STREET IS SIGNIFICANT UNDER CRITERION C AS AN IMPORTANT, IF NOT UNIQUE, THREE ARCH STONE BRIDGE IN MERRILL. NO OTHER THREE ARCH STONE BRIDGES ARE KNOWN TO EXIST IN WISCONSIN.

IN 1903 FRED HESTERMAN RECEIVED A CONTRACT TO BUILD A STONE-ARCH BRIDGE OVER THE PRAIRIE RIVER ON FIRST STREET. HE USED SEVERAL ITEMS TO HAUL STONE OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL MONTHS, AND IN 1904 CONSTRUCTION BEGAN AFTER A CREW OF MEN TORE DOWN THE SIDES OF THE OLD BRIDGE.

Bibliographic References: (A) Merrill Advocate 17 February, 1903; 26 January 1904. 1997 Historic Merrill Commemorative Calendar.

RECORD LOCATION

Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation-Public History, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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