I went to watch the 2010 Milwaukee River Challenge this morning.
To the left is Schlitz Park. In the distance, around the left-hand curve in the river is the last movable bridge on the Milwaukee, Pleasant St. Humbolt Avenue used to have a bascule span and the trunnions are still visible in the understructure. But it’s been many years (decades, probably) since the Milwaukee River has seen any craft tall enough to require greater than 120′ clearance under Humboldt Ave.
I’ll admit to knowing next to nothing about rowing, but I do know that it requires massive upper body strength and tons of endurance.
Cherry St. Bridge was built in 1940 and restored in 1990. It is Bridge #13 on the Milwaukee Bridge Ops list. It is a Milwaukee Bascule style bridge with on-site controls. It is unstaffed and not remotely operated, so all openings must be scheduled in advance. Historic Bridges of the U.S. page.
In the background is the Manpower Professional Services building, which also serves as Manpower’s corporate headquarters.
The span is a double-leaf trunnion bascule, built in 1929 and refurbished in 1986. It is high enough off the river that it never opens except for maintenance purposes. The river is too shallow for any boat tall enough to require an opening.
Two coal-fired steam turbines provide power to the greater Milwaukee area. The coal comes in on boats from Lake Michigan and is transfered to powered barges which bring the coal to the plant via the Burnham Canal.
The bridge across the Menomonee River was built in 2003, replacing an older bridge that had serious problems. It’s a Milwaukee Bascule style and opens frequently for Coast Guard and Milwaukee DPW maintenance boats.