McGilvray Road Miscellaneous Views
|Highways, Byways, And Bridge Photography|
The Historic Truss Bridges Of The Van Loon Wildlife Area
New Amsterdam, WI
The photo above is a view of the present day river crossing located about
a mile and a half south of McGilvray Road. This view is looking west into
the river valley. The river level is at about 650 feet in elevation. The
highway is at elevation 665, while the average terrain on either side of the
valley is at about 710 feet. This results in a drop of about 45 feet when
entering the valley, with the road passing about 15 feet above the average
water level. The river crossing has a total of 3 bridges.
The new highway alignment was built as Wisconsin State Highway WI-93 in
1953. The designations for highways WI-35 and WI-93 were swapped in 1990
as part of an improvement project for the Great River Road. WI-35 uses the
roadway nearest the river in this area, while WI-93 follows the routing of
US-53 and WI-54. The city of Trempealeau is 6 miles to the west of
this location. The Mississippi River is 4 miles to the southwest.
The photo above is a view of the parking area for the Van Loon Wildlife Area.
The trail leading to McGilvray Road is at the far end of the lot near the
center of the photo. The photo below is a patch of blacktop pavement that
is still visible in a few spots along McGilvray Road. This pavement was
last used for through traffic in 1948. Much of the pavement was washed
away by floods over the 60 years since the road was an active state highway.
These two photos are views of the roadway as it descends into McGilvray
Bottoms. The drop is about 70 feet, with first 10 feet using a set of
stairs. There is a bypass for the stairs that will allow mobility
challenged people to use the trail. The photo above is looking east
towards the parking lot. The photo below is looking west towards Bridge
#1. The bridge is just out of view as the trail passes trees located
along a river side channel.
These two photos are part of a group of four photos taken near a wooden
culvert located between Bridge #3 and Bridge #4. The photo above is a
view looking east down the trail past the culvert site. There is no
indication of the culvert from this vantage point other than a slight
depression in the trail. The photo below is looking down along the
north side of the trail. A moss covered timber that forms the edge of the
culvert is visible along the lower portion of the photo. There is no
water currently running through the culvert.
The photo above is looking south from the center of the culvert. There is
a small pond left from a former river channel that is now stagnant and
covered with algae. The photo below is a view looking west down the trail
towards Bridge #4, located about 1,000 feet to the west.
These two photos are part of a four photo set showing a washout on McGilvray
Road between Bridge #4 and Bridge #5. The photo above is an overview of
the washout area looking west down the trail. The trail has a depression
about six feet deep. It is highlighted by a small gap in the trees. The
photo below is looking to the south from the center of the washout. There
is no active river channel at this location. Rather, there is rather dense
swamp grass that is as much as five feet tall.
The photo above is a close view of the trail at the washout looking to the
east. Bridge #4 is visible in the distance. While most of the trail is
covered with grass, the washout area has bare spots and is covered with
small rocks. The photo below is the view looking west down the trail
towards Bridge #5, located 1,500 feet to the west.