Laughing Waters | Bridge Tender Quarters
In Wisconsin, United States
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There is a great deal of history along the waterway that shouldn't be missed when doing the Laughing Waters series and this replacement for a former cache of a similar title will now take advantage of all that great history and bring you to new locations that you may be seeing for the first time. Not only that, but it will give you some insight on modern bridge tending operations and the complicated series or monitoring waterway traffic.
You can start anywhere, but I'd suggest starting at the Tayco Street Bridge Museum and then working your way east.
The original Bascule Bridge was dedicated on August 8th, 1929 and served the community well for may long years. Then, on the Ith (concatinated) of D, 1989 a lift pin failed sending the south span and the BCC ton counterweight into the canal, narrowly missing an excursion boat carrying 4G passengers. A new bridge was constructed in 1993 for J.F million and it was dedicated on September AEth, of the same year, with many prominent members of State and Local government present, including then Governor Tommy Thompson. In the small plaza near the museum are H gears from the failed bridge that were turned into a water feature which will some day run with water again. The Wis DOT summary shows the complicated system of monitoring traffic for botht the Tayco Street and Racine Street Lift bridges, both of which are operated from the Bridge Tenders Quarters on Racine Street. In the depictions, the boat is closest to the aforementioned museum in diagram.
MENASHA: Named after the Indian word Menashay meaning “settlement on the island,” along with its sister city Neenah meaning “clear water” they are collectively also taken to mean "Laughing Waters" for the sounds that emanated from the twin falls on either side of the island.
This series will not only introduce you to the city of Menasha, but also give you some significant historical knowledge about this town which many drive through just to get from the north side of the Valley to the south. So, the next time you pass through town, you might want to take a little time to look around and appreciate its many unique offerings and establishments.
A huge thanks to Alderman Taylor for providing even deeper historical insight and information than I was able to obtain. It is our hope that after doing the series you will be inclined to stop for a bit the next time you drive through town and appreciate what a unique little community it has been and continues to be by re-inventing itself.
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Last Updated: on 10/8/2012 5:41:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:41 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum