Wisconsin December 02, 2017
The 100-Year-Old Wisconsin Bridge That’s The Only One Of Its Kind
Gilman is a tiny town in the in the northern part of the state, about 50 miles northeast of Eau Claire. Located just outside a large state natural area, this spot of about 400 people is popular with hunters.
If you're up near Taylor County, a detour into quaint little Gilman is totally worth it. Tucked into their public park is a unique and historical little bridge.
For more than 100 years, this swinging bridge perched over the Yellow River has given the folks of Gilman access to their public park. The town's very first blacksmith himself made the original ironwork that supports this simple but effective little bridge.
Generations of area locals have used this bridge, as evidenced by this picture of the owner as a child followed by her grandma as they used the bridge in the '60s. The bridge is a fond part of the memories of people who grew up in the area.
The pretty location adds to the ambiance and allure of this relic of an older time.
The bridge is as much a part of life in Gilman as anything else. It's definitely worth a little side trip to venture on this bridge that's unlike anything else anywhere in the state.
The town of Gilman is located at the intersections of state Highways 73 and 64.
Are you familiar with the Gilman Swinging Bridge? Let us know about it in the comments? Looking to visit a similar spot? Check out
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