Scenic USA - Wisconsin

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Horton Bridge

Horton Bridge

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     The Amnicon River, not far from the Minnesota / Wisconsin border, offers Wisconsin paddlers a group of challenging class II and III rapids. The Amnicon State Park, southeast of Superior, features the Amnicon River, picturesque falls and a handsome covered bridge. This unusual bowstring bridge, designed by Charles M. Horton, Amnicon Fallswas mostly likely built in the late 1800s. Horton promised his new design as being light-weight, durable, and easy to assemble, requiring no large scale equipment or expensive tools. No one knows the extent of the Horton design, but five of his style bridges remain today.
     The bridge was moved into the park to allow visitors access to the park's island, created by the fast flowing Amnicon. Just below the 55 foot long bridge, which gives visitors an over-the-water viewpoint, is the lower Amnicon Falls.
     As the Amnicon reaches the park, paddlers should take heed and exit the river. Here the 15 foot rapids drop and falls sequence could become a dangerous undertaking, and against park regulations.


 

 

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