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Tayco Street Bridge Tower Museum
The Tayco Street Bridge Tower Museum is one of the smallest museums in Wisconsin. Housed in a two-story bridge tender’s tower, the museum features exhibits that tell the story of Menasha’s early water and land transportation systems.
Four bridges have stood where the current structure now stands at the intersection of Tayco and Main Street, allowing people, horses and, now, automobiles to pass over the Fox River. From the late 1800s into the mid-20th century, the bridge enabled large barges to pass through the canal, on their way to the flour mills, and, later, paper mills along the Fox.
The two limestone towers were constructed in 1929. The bridge was reconstructed in 1989, after a mechanical failure caused the structure to collapse.
The museum is open seasonally. It is located near the Menasha’s historic downtown and marina, on one end of the City’s scenic riverwalk.