Architecture and History Inventory
Historic Name: FIRST STREET BRIDGE
Other Name: STONE ARCH BRIDGE
Reference Number: 21890
Location (Address): 1ST ST
Year Built: 1904
Historic Use: stone arch bridge
Architectural Style: NA (unknown or not a building)
Structural System: Stone
Wall Material: Granite Stone
Architect:CHARLES V. SHELDON
Other Buildings On Site:
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:
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.
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