First Street Bridge (Merrill, Wisconsin)

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First Street Bridge
First Street Bridge, Merrill, Wisconsin.JPG
First Street Bridge, February 2015.
First Street Bridge (Merrill, Wisconsin) is located in Wisconsin
First Street Bridge (Merrill, Wisconsin)
First Street Bridge (Merrill, Wisconsin) is located in the US
First Street Bridge (Merrill, Wisconsin)
Location 1st St. spanning the Prairie River, Merrill, Wisconsin
Coordinates 45°10′44″N 89°42′12″W / 45.17889°N 89.70333°W / 45.17889; -89.70333Coordinates: 45°10′44″N 89°42′12″W / 45.17889°N 89.70333°W / 45.17889; -89.70333
Area less than one acre
Built 1904 (1904)
Built by Hesterman, Fred
Architectural style stone-arch
NRHP reference # 96001017[1]
Added to NRHP September 12, 1996

The First Street Bridge is a stone arch bridge in Merrill, Wisconsin, which carries First Street across the Prairie River. The bridge is 130 feet (40 m) long and has three arches. Each arch is bordered by an alternating pattern of single and double stones and is capped by 30-inch (760 mm) keystones.[2] Contractor Fred Hesterman built the bridge in 1904, replacing an existing bridge. The bridge is the only known three stone arch bridge in Wisconsin.[3]

The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 12, 1996.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Three Stone Arch Bridge". Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "First Street Bridge". Architecture and History Inventory. Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved August 30, 2013.