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Eaton Rapids-West Knight Street Bridge


North Elevation Facing South

Photo taken by Roger Boettcher, June 1982, for HAER

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BH Photo #120863


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Spring Brook on West Knight Street in Eaton Rapids
Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Michigan
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1893, placed 1894, Rehabilitated 1929, 1951, 1966; Replaced 1982
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
- R.D. Wheaton & Co. of Chicago, Illinois
Pin connected, Pratt through truss.

"The West Knight Street Bridge is one of only two known highway bridges built in Michigan by Canton Bridge Company, Canton, Ohio, one of the nation's leading bridge building firms and a pioneer in truss bridge technology. It is above-average in length for a Pratt truss of that era, possesses a walkway on one side, and decorative work on its portals."
Dennis O. Craun, June 1982

Span length: 127.0 ft.
Total length: 127.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.51278, -84.65750   (decimal degrees)
42°30'46" N, 84°39'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/692439/4709371 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Eaton Rapids
Inventory number
BH 37154 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 22, 2019: New photo from David Shedlock
  • August 13, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-7 - West Knight Street Bridge, Spanning Spring Brook (west of Knight Street), Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, MI
  • David Shedlock


Eaton Rapids-West Knight Street Bridge
Posted March 22, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Did you ever hear back from Zehnder's?

West Knight Street Bridge
Posted June 16, 2016, by John Berry (jberry3412 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Im tracking this bridge down. I have already contacted Zehnders and its confirmed that the bridge went there, but was never used. Waiting to hear back if its stored or scrapped. If its stored going to start trying to get it brought back to Eaton Rapids