SOO-Line S-Bridge Historical Nomination

SOO-Line S-Bridge Historical Nomination
Specialty Services | Historical

CORRE successfully secured the City of Eau Claire’s Soo Line S-Bridge to the Historical Register at both the State and National Levels.

This steel Warren Truss bridge was built in 1910 at the height of the lumber industry by the Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company. Deemed eligible to the National Register of Historical Places in 1998, the bridge was converted to a pedestrian trail facility in 2002 and declared an Eau Claire landmark.

CORRE’s team of professional historians partnered with the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire’s history department and tackled the research, paperwork, and coordination necessary to secure this railroad bridge’s rightful status. Its shape, design, and landmark designation were key factors to getting the official nomination approved.

The original 1910 SOO Line railroad bridge (left) and the 2002 converted pedestrian facility (right).
Key Elements/Deliverables
  • Historical research
  • Nomination writing/preparation
  • Review board presentation
  • State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) coordination

Location: Eau Claire, WI
Clients: City of Eau Claire and UW – Eau Claire History Dept