In 1996, a foot bridge was proposed by Ralph Peterson, of the historical society, to connect the Wisconsin Welcome Center and Stephenson Island. The intention for this structure was to increase the safety, convenience, and ease of access for pedestrians travelling to, and from, the island.
By 1999, after receiving a Marinette Housing state grant, City of Marinette donation, and successful fund-raising campaign, Ralph’s committee contracted the 135-foot bridge out to Lunda Construction, who brought the idea to fruition. Over 200 memorial bricks, were laid along the path from the welcome center to the foot bridge and museum, honoring the individuals who donated to this project.
Today, the bridge has become integral for attending public events held on Stephenson Island, including the Logging & Heritage Festival, Rock the Island, and many others. These events are also made possible because the island itself not only houses the historical museum, but a picnic pavilion, child-friendly playground, and performance gazebo.