Bridges of Sparta

Description

Sparta is home to many unique bridges, some of them covered bridges. These special bridges were built by hand by “The Five Shovelmen” who volunteered to build these bridges to beautify the community. Take a stroll on the self-guided bridge tour:

Bridge #1: Beaver Creek Covered Bridge

This bridge was built by volunteers, many of them of high school age or younger. It was the first covered bridge to be built in downtown Sparta, and has made a large impact to beautify the area. Built in 2009. The project was the first improvement in the area, which is now a beautiful plaza area complete with a farmers market.

  • Builder- The Five Shovelmen of Sparta, Wisconsin
  • Dimensions Span length: 48.0 ft.
  • Total length: 48.0 ft.
  • Deck width: 9.0 ft.
  • Vertical clearance above deck: 8.0 ft

Bridge #2: Ben Bikin Park Footbridge

The Ben Bikin’ Park FootBridge was built in response to a long standing civic goal to better connect the Bike Trail with downtown Sparta. Civic organizers had long been working to create a better trail system to guide bicyclists from the DNR Trail System on the City’s Southside to the downtown district to increase tourism. Built in 2011.

  • Builder – The Five Shovelmen of Sparta, Wisconsin
  • Design- Multiple Kingpost through truss
  • Dimensions-Span length: 60.0 ft
  • Deck width: 12.0 ft
  • Vertical clearance above deck: 12.0 ft

Bridge #3: The Pointe Covered Bridge

This covered bridge is located in Evans-Bosshard Park. The bridge spans 48 feet, and has a 14 foot suspended approach on each end of the bridge to accommodate the highest water.  The truss style is a Multiple King Post, and is connected through plated embedded in the wood, also known as stealth plates. Roof and floor loads are brought to the truss nodes. The siding and roof details were completed during the Winter of 2013, with the final masonry details following in an abbreviated spring of that year.

  • Builder- The Five Shovelmen of Sparta, Wisconsin
  • Dimensions-Length of largest span: 48.0 ft
  • Total length: 76.0 ft
  • Deck width: 12.0 ft
  • Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft

Bridge #4: Mary Morrow Covered Bridge

This is an authentic Town Lattice with real wooden treenails holding all connections. Town lattice truss bridge. It was built to replace a failing bridge in the winter of 2013-2014.

  • Design- Multiple Kingpost through truss
  • Builder- The Five Shovelmen of Sparta, Wisconsin
  • Dimensions-Length of largest span: 48.0 ft
  • Total length: 60.0 ft
  • Deck width: 9.0 ft
  • Vertical clearance above deck: 10.0 ft

Bridge #5: Five Shovelmen Bridge

Located in Amundson Park going over the La Crosse River.

The bridge will connect the City of Sparta to the Elroy Sparta Bike trail system.  (This phase isn’t complete yet)  there will be a trail through the woods along US Silica’s property line over to Hammer Rd.  Then run down Hammer Rd and to the bike trail.

Once US Silica is done mining the bridge will serve the City of Sparta as a gateway to the new recreational area including Smith Lake, beach, boat launch and rustic camping sites.  The bridge was funded by US Silica and a DNR Stewardship grant that the Parks and Recreation Department applied for and received. Built- in 2016.

  • Builders- The Five Shovelmen of Sparta, Wisconsin

 

Locations

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Events

June

01Jun8:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market8:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

01Jun8:30 Am11:30 Am1st Community Credit Union FREE Shred EventRoss Hubbard8:30 Am - 11:30 Am

01Jun6:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

02Jun5:05 Pm9:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball5:05 Pm - 9:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

04Jun9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

04Jun5:30 Pm7:00 PmSMART Recovery MeetingsSMART is an addiction recovery support group where participants learn self empowering techniques to aid their recovery. 5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm

04Jun6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

05Jun5:30 Pm7:00 PmFriends & Family Support Meetings5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm 238 Front Street

05Jun7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

06Jun7:15 Am9:00 AmCelebrate Small Business7:15 Am - 9:00 Am

06Jun(Jun 6)6:00 Pm09(Jun 9)11:00 PmSparta Butterfest6:00 Pm - 11:00 Pm (9)

06Jun6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

07Jun8:00 Am5:00 PmButterfest Softball Tournament8:00 Am - 5:00 Pm

07Jun7:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball7:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

08Jun8:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market8:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

08Jun8:00 Am5:00 PmButterfest Softball Tournament8:00 Am - 5:00 Pm

08Jun8:30 Am10:00 AmSparta Stampede19th Annual Benefit For the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta8:30 Am - 10:00 Am

08Jun3:00 Pm7:00 Pm"A WALK IN THE WOODS"OPEN HOUSE AT THE SPARTA SCHOOL FOREST3:00 Pm - 7:00 Pm 4089-4091 Dakota Ave. Sparta, WI

08Jun6:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

09Jun8:00 Am5:00 PmButterfest Softball Tournament8:00 Am - 5:00 Pm

09Jun9:00 Am12:00 PmButterfest Parade Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar9:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 124 N Water Street

09Jun11:00 Am1:00 PmMorrow Home's Annual Parade Lunch11:00 Am - 1:00 Pm

10Jun11:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

11Jun9:00 Am11Jul12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series9:00 Am - (July 11) 12:00 Pm

11Jun10:00 Am4:30 PmSparta Blood Drive10:00 Am - 4:30 Pm

11Jun5:30 Pm7:00 PmSMART Recovery MeetingsSMART is an addiction recovery support group where participants learn self empowering techniques to aid their recovery. 5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm

12Jun3:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market3:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

12Jun5:30 Pm7:00 PmFriends & Family Support Meetings5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm 238 Front Street

12Jun7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

13Jun9:00 Am1:00 PmInvasive Species Field DayWith Monroe County Invasive Species Working Group9:00 Am - 1:00 Pm 8053 W J St, Sparta, WI 54656

July

11Jun9:00 Am11Jul12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series(June 11) 9:00 Am - (July 11) 12:00 Pm

02Jul9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

02Jul5:30 Pm7:00 PmSMART Recovery MeetingsSMART is an addiction recovery support group where participants learn self empowering techniques to aid their recovery. 5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm

03Jul3:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market3:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

03Jul5:30 Pm7:00 PmFriends & Family Support Meetings5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm 238 Front Street

03Jul6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

03Jul7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

04JulAll DayVFW National Home Fundraiser(All Day: Thursday) 121 Rusk Avenue

04Jul7:00 Pm9:00 Pm4th of July Concert7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm

05Jul7:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball7:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

06Jul8:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market8:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

06Jul6:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

08Jul11:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

09Jul5:30 Pm7:00 PmSMART Recovery MeetingsSMART is an addiction recovery support group where participants learn self empowering techniques to aid their recovery. 5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm

09Jul6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

10Jul3:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market3:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

10Jul5:30 Pm7:00 PmFriends & Family Support Meetings5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm 238 Front Street

10Jul6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

10Jul7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

11Jul9:00 Am12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series9:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

11Jul12:00 Pm1:00 PmLunch & Learn12:00 Pm - 1:00 Pm

11Jul5:00 Pm8:00 PmAfter Hours Art5:00 Pm - 8:00 Pm

11Jul6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

12JulAll DayMainly Marathons(All Day: Friday) 224 East Ave, Sparta

13Jul8:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market8:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

15Jul4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

16Jul(Jul 16)9:00 Am15Aug(Aug 15)12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series9:00 Am - (August 15) 12:00 Pm

16Jul5:30 Pm7:00 PmSMART Recovery MeetingsSMART is an addiction recovery support group where participants learn self empowering techniques to aid their recovery. 5:30 Pm - 7:00 Pm

16Jul7:00 Pm10:00 PmFull Moon Bike Ride7:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

17Jul3:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market3:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

August

16Jul(Jul 16)9:00 Am15Aug(Aug 15)12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series(July 16) 9:00 Am - (August 15) 12:00 Pm

01Aug9:00 Am12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series9:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

03AugAll Day04City Wide Rummage Sale(All Day)

05Aug6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

06Aug9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

07Aug11:00 Am7:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing11:00 Am - 7:00 Pm

07Aug3:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market3:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

07Aug6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

07Aug7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

08Aug9:00 Am12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series9:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

08Aug5:00 Pm8:00 PmAfter Hours Art5:00 Pm - 8:00 Pm

08Aug6:35 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:35 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

09Aug(Aug 9)7:00 Am11(Aug 11)5:00 PmGrand Re-Opening - All American Do it CenterCelebrate with us our Store Remodel!7:00 Am - 5:00 Pm (11) 1310 W. Wisconsin St., Sparta, WI 54656

09Aug7:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball7:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

10Aug9:00 Am5:00 Pm2nd Annual COW97 Coulee Ride for St. Jude9:00 Am - 5:00 Pm

10Aug6:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball6:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

11Aug5:05 Pm10:00 PmLa Crosse Loggers Baseball5:05 Pm - 10:00 Pm 1225 St Cloud St

12Aug8:00 Am4:00 PmYASKAWA Maintenance Programming8:00 Am - 4:00 Pm

12Aug11:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

14Aug3:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Farmers' Market3:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

14Aug7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

15Aug9:00 Am12:00 PmCritical Core Leadership Skills Training Series9:00 Am - 12:00 Pm

15Aug7:00 Pm10:00 PmFull Moon Bike Ride7:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

16Aug5:00 Am6:00 PmRide Across Wisconsin5:00 Am - 6:00 Pm

17Aug5:00 Am6:00 PmRide Across Wisconsin5:00 Am - 6:00 Pm

17Aug(Aug 17)9:00 Am18(Aug 18)3:00 PmSt. Patrick's Summerfest9:00 Am - 3:00 Pm (18) 100 South L Street, Sparta, WI 54656

19Aug4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

21Aug7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

28Aug7:00 Pm9:00 PmConcert in the Park7:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm 224 East Ave, Sparta

September

03Sep9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

09Sep11:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

12Sep5:00 Pm8:00 PmAfter Hours Art5:00 Pm - 8:00 Pm

13Sep7:00 Pm10:00 PmFull Moon Bike Ride7:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

16Sep4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

30Sep7:00 Am9:00 AmLegislative Breakfast7:00 Am - 9:00 Am 9344, 741 W Avon Rd, Sparta, WI 54656

October

01Oct9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

13Oct8:00 Am7:00 PmSparta Fall Fest8:00 Am - 7:00 Pm 120 North Water Street

14Oct11:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

21Oct4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

November

05Nov9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

11Nov11:00 Am12:00 PmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council11:00 Am - 12:00 Pm 111 Milwaukee St

18Nov4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

23Nov9:00 Am3:00 PmCraft/Vendor Show9:00 Am - 3:00 Pm 1116 Angelo Rd

25Nov7:00 Am9:00 AmLegislative Breakfast7:00 Am - 9:00 Am 9344, 741 W Avon Rd, Sparta, WI 54656

December

03Dec9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

16Dec4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

January

07Jan9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

20Jan4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

February

04Feb9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

17Feb4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

March

03Mar9:00 Am10:00 AmSparta Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors' Meeting9:00 Am - 10:00 Am

16Mar4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

April

20Apr4:00 Pm6:00 PmSparta Mobile Food Pantry4:00 Pm - 6:00 Pm

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