Kilbourn City

Kilbourn City (HM512)

Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Columbia County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 37.639', W 89° 46.716'

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Kilbourn Landmark

The first bridge on this site, a wooden structure, was completed in 1857. Byron Kilbourn, land speculator and politician promoted the site. Through his influence the LaCrosse and Milwaukee Railroad crossed the river here instead of at Newport, 2 miles downstream. Newport quickly became a ghost town.

Not a modest man, Kilbourn had the city named after him. Kilbourn City retained that name until 1931 when the townspeople renamed it Wisconsin Dells, more in keeping with the scenic river beauty here.

The original wooden bridge burned in 1866 and was immediately replaced. The second wooden bridge was replaced by an iron bridge in 1877 and by this railroad bridge in 1902.

In 1955, almost 100 years after the original bridge was built, the lower roadway was abandoned in favor of the modern structure which today carries highway traffic over the Wisconsin River.
HM NumberHM512
Year Placed1979
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 275834 N 4834232
Decimal Degrees43.62731667, -89.77860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 37.639', W 89° 46.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 37' 38.34" N, 89° 46' 42.96" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 Finnegan Ave, Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, US
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