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Wakely Road spanning Wakely Creek | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Wakely Road spanning Wakely Creek

National or State Register of Historic Places
Wakely Road spanning Wakely Creek | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Wakely Road Bridge
Reference Number:01000345
Location (Address):Wakely Road spanning Wakely Creek
Wakely Road Bridge
Wakely Road spanning Wakely Creek, Saratoga, Wood County
Date of Construction: 1892

The Wakely Road Bridge is a single-arch, one-lane bridge commissioned by farmers in Saratoga township, known at the time as Sand County. The cost was probably somewhere around ninety dollars (based on the cost of a nearby bridge built ten years later). No contract was ever found, which supports the local tradition that the bridge was funded by Robert and Mary Wakely and built by their son, Newbold. Local citizens credit the Wakelys as the founders of Point Basse. After their death, the community named the road and bridge in their honor.

Farmers east of Wakely Creek requested the bridge to access the growing town of Point Basse. However, during construction of the bridge, economic changes favored the eastern side of the creek, when a new railroad line and a reopened paper mill were located to the east. So rather than provide a route into Point Basse, the Wakely Road Bridge ironically served as an avenue for those leaving the community to move to the more successful community of Nekoosa. By 1907, residents abandoned Point Basse and the Wakely Road Bridge remained in very limited use.

Today the Wakely Road Bridge is the only extant stone bridge in Wood County. It is still used for limited vehicular passage.

Period of Significance:1892
Area of Significance:Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Transportation: Road-Related
Architectural Style:Other
Resource Type:Structure
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:04/05/2001
State Register Listing Date:01/19/2001
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:1
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:1
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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