Holton Street Factory

I have never been able to discover a picture of either the Holton Street factory nor the Keefe Avenue factory. If you know of one please do not hesitate to contact me. These photos are the closest I have discovered so far.

The original bridge was built in 1894 by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Co had a roadway of 26 feet and two nine-foot walks. It operated as a lift bridge. Its total length was 225 feet; its clear height above water was 70 feet, and its opening had a 66 foot clearance. Cost was $150,000.

Holton Street Viaduct Bridge c 1894
Holton Street Viaduct Bridge c 1894

The Holton Viaduct was built in 1926 to replace the earlier bridge completed in 1894 at a cost of $125,215.75. That bridge, although attractive, was of peculiar “folding leaf” construction, unique in the city. The bridge had to be modified to allow safe passage of street cars above. Even so, motormen had orders never to have two cars meet at the draw. According to a contemporary news article, “the dangerous inclines and curves of the Holton street viaduct have caused numerous street car and automobile accidents every year.” With the growth of automobile traffic in the early 20th century it was determined that the bridge must be replaced with a more substantial structure. By the time of its demolition, the Holton street bridge was the only remaining bridge of its kind. The 1926 Holton Street Bascule, has two pairs of bascule girders per leaf. On the Holton Street structure, the rear of each bascule girder terminates in a series of bolted castiron blocks, which jointly serve as a counterweight for the leaf.

Holton Street Bridge c 1907. The factory was located on the front right of the bridge. The view of this image is facing roughly west.

 

Holton Street Viaduct Bridge c 1894
This lift bridge, built in 1894 by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Co had a roadway of 26 feet and two nine-foot walks. Its total length was 225 feet; its clear height above water was 70 feet, and its opening had a 66 foot clearance. Cost was $150, 000. The “newer” viaduct’s total length was put at 1,100 feet, and it had a roadway of 60 feet, and a river opening of 96 feet. Costing $710,000, it was pronounced “the best bridge in Milwaukee” at its dedication.

 

Holton Street Bridge c 1926
Holton Street Bridge c 1926. The view of this image is facing north. The chimneys are part of the power plant adjacent to Gallun tannery. The 1148 Holton street factory sat on Holton street where the older bridge connected with the north shore to the east side of the road.

 

North Commerce Street from the North Holton Street viaduct, 1959
North Commerce Street from the North Holton Street viaduct, 1959

 

1148 Holton Street c 2008

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