Iconic T-Bird Bridge arrives at Lakeland Union High School

Published: Oct. 28, 2022 at 12:48 PM CDT
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MINOCQUA, Wis. (WSAW) - An iconic piece of Minocqua’s history has arrived at its new permanent location.

For nearly 80 years, the ‘T-bird bridge’ was over Highway 51 as the unofficial welcome to the Northwoods. It was removed in 2018 for highway improvement.

“This bridge was built in 1937 and it’s welcomed thousands and thousands of people up to the Northwoods,” said Robert Metropulos, the chairman of the T-Bird Bridge Committee.

During the past few years, a committee raised money to purchase pillars to place the bridge outside of Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

“I saw people in tears so I thought, you know what, let’s see if we can save the panel,” said Metropulos.

So the T-Bird Bridge Committee came together to fundraise for the preservation of the bridge. On Friday, the bridge made the trek from Tomahawk to pillars outside of the high school.

“Well, I think the preservation of this bridge is important for not only the tourist but the locals. You know, a lot of these people it’s a remembrance of the past when kids growing up passing underneath that bridge coming north,” said Metropulos.

There’s also a deeper cause behind the T-Bridge fundraising. Donors can purchase an engraved brick that will be put on one of the pillars of the bridge. The money will support students who struggle to learn.

“This was an opportunity to be able to develop a scholarship for kids with learning challenges. So we’ve raised over $30,000 that we’re going to be using for kids many years to come,” said Metropulos. “All this money is going to go to the scholarship and help us to move forward with this project even more.”

To purchase an engravable brick and be a part of the T-Bird Bridge history, click here.