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Posted May 17, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The railing design on this is one that Ingham County in particular seems to have used on multiple spans. Nathan has a few of those posted on Historic Bridges (though this one isn't on there):

Top-side, this being a little-used lane helps keep it looking better, I'd imagine. Down below, on the other hand...see pictures 3 and 6.

Posted May 13, 2021, by Mark Boettcher (markwboettcher [at] gmail [dot] com)

Photographed May 12, 2021

Posted May 4, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This would probably be a question for Frank, if he happens to see this -

The 1989 date for the bridge being closed. With the Gordonville/Waldo Road bridge being completed in 1976, would THIS bridge still have remained open to vehicular traffic for the remaining 13 years inbetween? Or did they restrict it to pedestrians only for a time before finally closing it off completely in '89?

Something about that year being given for the closing date is surprising to me.

Posted May 4, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

It's now official: Restoration is in the works.

An upcoming project will restore a historic local bridge, and further Midland County's connection to the rest of the state.

The Midland County Road Commission (MCRC) was recently approved for a $1.9 million grant for the rehabilitation of the historic Smiths Crossing Bridge over the Tittabawassee River. The project is set for a 2023 completion, according to an MCRC press release.

MCRC begin working to restore the Smiths Crossing Bridge in 2018. With an estimated total project cost of $4.6 million, fundraising efforts to raise the required matching funds will begin soon and run through 2022, MCRC managing director Jonathan Myers said in a statement.

"This new trail will serve as a 'key connector' to, and become part of, the Iron Belle Trail (IBT)," Myers stated. "Extending from Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle State Park in Detroit, the IBT has separate hiking and biking routes that together span over 2,000 miles."

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the IBT extends more than 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit, and crosses through 48 different Michigan counties.

Near the beginning of the 20th century, a ferry service provided a crucial southern link from Midland to Saginaw, the press release states. Known as "Smiths Crossing," it was named after the man who owned and operated the ferry. In 1907, the "Pratt Through-Truss" bridge was erected at the site, becoming "Smiths Crossing Bridge."

The 15-foot-wide structure was the primary crossing until a four-lane bridge was built half a mile upstream in 1976. At 114 years old, Smiths Crossing is one of six surviving bridges of this type in Michigan. The bridge was closed to all forms of traffic in 1989.

The restoration project was made possible through collaboration between MCRC, Midland Area Community Foundation, Spicer Group, Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail Alliance, Iron Belle Trail Foundation, MDOT Transportation Alternatives Program, Ingersoll Township and Midland County Parks and Recreation.

MCRC press release:

Posted May 3, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This one also had that "heading" issue where Google was rejecting the StreetView embed, but fixing it wasn't nearly as tricky this time.

Still, I'd imagine that multiple pages might have the same issue.

Posted April 30, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Interesting, maybe its an illusion due to the limited map detail... on the map you sent it looks like perhaps it didn't curve off what is today the CN line and maybe instead started at the Trowbridge Diamond and paralleled the CN line from there... MSU did get its coal deliveries off the CSX line even after the power plant moved to its current location, although the plant has since converted to natural gas.

Posted April 30, 2021, by Luke

Atlas only shows the PM line crossing the river.

Posted April 30, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I will leave it up to the many railroad experts to determine that. I know today there are two railroad lines that go east-west through MSU, and the northern one is the CN line and the southern one is the CSX line. I thought the CSX line used to be the Pere Marquette/C&O line. It looked to me like the Red Cedar Road railroad line that led to this bridge curved off what is today the CN line. Maybe one of the railfans on this website can confirm.

Posted April 29, 2021, by Luke

Location looks spot-on based off HistoricAerials.

Per their atlases, the line was Pere Marquette.

Posted April 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Bridge is posted for demolition and replacement in the May 7th MDOT letting.

Posted April 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com) know how not too long ago we were discussing where the mystery bridge in this county was, and it turned out to be on Withers Road? But another location on Constantine Road was brought up, and as Tony pointed out, at that location there was a 3-span pony truss.

Well, I think THIS is in fact that 3-span pony truss on Constantine Road.

I did some digging, and found a reference to a Drumhillers Bridge at a place called "Eschol". Eschol turns out to be the name of a long-abandoned village in this area, located three miles south of Three Rivers. There's a historical marker there now, and the exact spot is right where the bridge would be.


View of marker (StreetView):,-85.6392139,3a,60y,1...

The Historical Marker page also contains a link to a Flickr photo of said "Drumhillers Bridge at Eschol". It's a photo of a wooden bridge, but the photo is also captioned with a date of 1-17-93, which would fit as the bridge that's there today is a wood slab that's been there since 1972.

Posted April 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just because the postcards are cancelled in those years doesn't mean they were originally produced then. This style postcard (without a place for the writing on the front) started being mass produced in 1907. I have seen postcards of bridges lost in the 1913 flood being used into the 1920's.

Posted April 24, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I wonder if something might need to be adjusted in the settings here, or if Google's just being fussy.

The StreetView appeared to have stopped working, instead returning an error of an invalid heading. I deleted all the views that were there, and tried putting a new one, in hopes that would work properly.

It seems to...not QUITE be working as intended. Now, at least there's an embed again, only - for whatever reason, "3D Scan Detroit" assumes the dominant view setting of choice. Yes, despite that being a Picasa view and not a direct StreetView view! I tried moving down the block until the view time/setting changed, then moved back in hopes of getting a "regular" StreetView in the correct location.

No dice. 3D Scan Detroit still takes over, and dumps the starting point down the block in the wrong location. You can still get it to appear by doing as I did - moving down the block, then moving back - but suffice it to say that's annoying.

Posted April 24, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Postcards from 1912, 1913...and the very next year, it's replaced with the Warren.

Though, that exact timing would make me wonder if in fact this one might have been destroyed by the Great Lakes Storm of November 1913...

Shipwreck enthusiasts know well of the impact that storm had, doesn't seem like a great logical leap to think that it might have inflicted casualties among bridges as well.

Posted April 24, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

LOL...Melissa for the win once again!

Posted April 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks Melissa! 😝

Posted April 24, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

You're Welcome LOL

Posted April 24, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Unfortunately no date or era with the postcard. I can't find any other images.

Posted April 24, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm guessing the postcard had neither a year nor even an approximate time period associated with it?

This one, obviously, would be the one that was replaced in 1977 rather than the bowstring, but having a build year for this one would definitely complete the picture.

Posted April 21, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Posted April 20, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Of "Escabana", Michigan?

Any way to fix that typo? (Has to be done on the admin side...)

Posted April 20, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Served U.S. 127 for just a few years, from the U.S. Highway inception (1926) until late 1930, when 127 was re-routed and the former route was replaced with the still-current U.S. 223.

Posted April 16, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was, apparently, closed - presumably sometime in 2018.

Here's the StreetView, facing north up 88th, from Jefferson Road south of the bridge - image date September 2019:,-86.3383571,3a,15y,7...

Only the latest inspection report (dated August 2018) has it indicated as closed - most likely, that's what prompted the closure.

Posted April 11, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

No. This bridge was removed in 1958 - I don't know what that is there now, must be some kind of pedestrian bridge.

The Historic Aerials timeline goes: 1954, 1981, 1993 and then later. 1954, this bridge is (obviously) still there. 1981, there's no crossing at all. 1993 and on, there's this narrower bridge that goes across now.

Posted April 11, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Thanks, Mike. Google aerial shows what looks like a truss bridge it the same bridge?

Posted April 11, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This had a near-complete disaster in 1950:

"1950 (Apr 25–27) – The south side of the M-86/M-78 bridge spanning the mill race in Colon in eastern Saint Joseph Co collapses under high water pressure on April 25. Only cars and light pick-up trucks are allowed to cross the remaining north half of the bridge one at a time, with local and highway officials concerned about the bridge's imminent collapse, which would cut the community in two and result in long detours. State Highway Dept workers begin construction of a temporary bridge two days later on April 27."

(M-78 would be taken off this route in 1965.)

Posted April 11, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)


U.S. 131 was actually re-aligned in 1958 - this bridge would have been a bit northwest of where the current 131 crossing is.

Accordingly, 1958 is when it was removed.

(Refer to 1958 (July 29) in the Michigan Highways link.)

Posted April 9, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Heh, so I guessed right.

Hmmm...Withers Road bridge, Florence Township (thus the "Florence Bridge" name), replaced in 1979. Maybe Melissa might have some luck with that.

Posted April 9, 2021, by Linda Fager (teflin [at] frontier [dot] com)

Here's an earlier photo of that bridge labelled

Florence which is located in St. Joseph County,

Constantine, MI and yes is located on Withers Road

according to Google Maps.

You can see it matches identical to the one that is


I hope this clears up some misunderstandings.

My nephew has a local history page and it was posted there.

Here's a link.


Linda Fager

Posted April 6, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

See my first comment from late 2019 - short version: Yup.

Posted April 6, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Elected to stop for a bit on the way to trying the west side of Verne Road, making sure I had the right location when I tried the creek and found nothing.

There were two construction vehicles around, no idea what for, and a quick sweep of the Road Commission's Facebook and Google doesn't turn up any leads that this bridge is next.

But more on the confirmed bad news front: The Fairchild Creek girder, just to the west of this, is no more - they had that finished by Thanksgiving 2019. (That, admittedly, is another one I hadn't even thought of, but remembering the road now, one of those short height steel railing bridges is there now.)

Posted April 6, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Being as this is one of those creeks/rivers that's been turned into an ugly channelized ditch, my guess is the bridge might have been demolished by the Drain Commission, that's how the Ball Road Bridge in Midland County was lost. The drain commissions are less likely than road commissions to communicate with people with preservation interest prior to demolition.

Posted April 6, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

And...she's gone. 😞

The third of these (don't know why the order's funny) is from the west side at Creswell - which made for, drive out - while the other three are from the east side at Verne.

Posted April 1, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yeah. I initially tagged it for US 12, until I (remembering how often highways have changed routes here in Michigan) read up to double-check and found that to be the case.

Admittedly I overlooked the railroad in the background. Yeah, this has to be the spot.

Posted April 1, 2021, by Roger Deschner (rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like it is correct, but there's quite a bit of background and confusion.

There have been two separate alignments of US 12 in Michigan. Originally, US-12 ran on a more northern route, through Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, etc. In this part of Western Michigan, US 12 ran on Red Arrow Highway. The more southern route, following the Great Sauk Trail also known as Chicago Road and Pulaski Highway, was numbered US 112. By the 1960s, I-94 had replaced US 12 on the northern alignment, so at that time, US 112 was renumbered US 12. This still causes confusion, and a few old US 112 designations remain on municipal street signs and bridge builder's plaques. For more information, see

This is the only point where the South Branch Galien River crosses under Pulaski Highway, which is why this appears to be the correct location. At the time this bridge was replaced in 1953, the road was US 112, even though today it is called US 12.

The main branch of the Galien River crosses under this same road (original US 112, modern US 12) east of the town of Gailen, and under Red Arrow Highway (original US 12) and I-94 between New Buffalo and Union Pier. However, the historic post card specifically names it as South Branch Galien River near the town of Three Oaks. The high railroad embankment visible on this post card is still there today.

BTW, Google street view from the modern bridge shows an interesting-looking multi-span stone arch bridge on the adjacent railroad line. Something to go bridgehunting for.

Posted April 1, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I assume the location is basically a guess?

Without having more details or info to go on from elsewhere, I can't say for sure on this one.

Assuming the description is accurate and that postcard is in fact a north-facing view, the only other locations that might seem plausible are Kruger Road (replaced 1983) or Forest Lawn Road (replaced 1991). But seeing as Pulaski Highway has been some sort of trunkline for nearly 100 years now, it'd make more sense to get a postcard for a spot on that road, I'd think. (Exception being if the structure provides an overly-picturesque image on its own - I.E. it doesn't necessarily have to be situated on a highway. I wouldn't describe this one as "overly picturesque".)

Posted April 1, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Mike-Is the location correct?

Posted April 1, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Served M-60 from July 5, 1923, and U.S. 112 from January 7, 1935, until being replaced in 1953.

The route remained 112 until 1961, when U.S. 12 was relocated to supplant nearly the entire existing route of 112, and remained M-60 until 1966, when that was scaled back to end at Niles to the east.

Posted March 30, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

For those who've perused the Oakland County listing on Historic Bridges, this is one of the multiple overpasses that Grand Trunk Western - now Canadian National - Railroad constructed in/around 1930 on their rail line through the county. Of the other railroad bridges posted here, Twelve Mile Road and the recently-demolished Trowbridge Road spans are two others. Not sure about Derby Street (though that was built around the same time), but the two on U.S. 24 and 24 Business Loop both pre-date what turned out to be a massive construction project.

I'm adding this one, though, because this one has had recent developments. In what appears to have been 2018, Canadian National apparently saw fit to repair this one - to that effect, they gave it a complete protective white paint job, and this span now bears their logo. The logo addition is more-or-less an "update", as the other spans associated with this same large project (such as Twelve Mile Road) bear the name of the original Grand Trunk Western Railroad line. (Prior to repair, so too would this one.) Narrowed it down to 2018 have to toggle through the StreetView images to get to it, but as late as 2017 it still had its original appearance, in 2018 it changes.

I don't have its measurements, though, and this turns out to be one of five or so that haven't ever been listed on the NBI for whatever reason, so I can't get them from there.

Upper Bridge (Michigan)
Posted March 29, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

After thinking about this some more...any chance this could instead have been at Grand River Avenue in Portland?

The only location I've found, thus far, as having an "Upper Bridge" association is that it's somewhere in Portland. If it's there, which crossing over the river would it have been? Other than it can't be any of the through trusses that remain today, which eliminates Kent Street and Bridge Street. And since Divine Highway wouldn't count as that crosses the Looking Glass just to the east (whether it ever had a truss or not), that leaves only Grand River Avenue, which upon checking, served M-16 and then U.S. 16 through Portland up through the late 50s. It's not difficult to imagine a three-span pony serving a state trunkline being replaced in 1936 - per the NBI, there was a steel stringer there from 1936 to 1994, which only leaves the question of what was there pre-1936. The postcard being from 1934 would fit.

In any event, the "Lower Bridge" in the county seems to be associated with the location that today is the M-66 crossing over the Grand River, or at least that's the conclusion that's been drawn here for what would seem to be at least a few years now. was posted here in 2016.

As for the Saranac location...if that's the case, then that could disprove the bowstring that was once there, lasting all the way to 1977. (I...think? I might have filled in that year on that page based on that the bridge that's there today was built in 1977. That, and not having anything else to go on.) What I'm definitely not sure about is...I punched in that location to Historic Aerials, and I'm not sure what kind of bridge that would be there in 1955, the oldest image available. The only thing I can say for sure is that whatever was there in 1955 seems to have been a fairly narrow crossing.

Upper Bridge (Michigan)
Posted March 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure beyond the fact that it cannot be the Cleveland Street "Upper" bridge. Could the postcard have been mislabeled? The three span config makes me wonder if it was a successor to Saranac bridge.

Upper Bridge (Michigan)
Posted March 28, 2021, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)

Mike- I'll wait to hear more before editing it.

Tase Bridge (Michigan)
Posted March 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hmmm. Hyde (1976) has this as built in 1912, the postcard above is said to be 1911 - though, that looks like it's being prepped for a formal "opening" there.

Upper Bridge (Michigan)
Posted March 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, this one can't very well be of Cleveland Street. You got it right the second time, Geoff.

Nathan - what location would "Upper Bridge" refer to? I'm really drawing a blank on this one - any other truss bridge I can think of either crosses a different river (the Sebewa and Stoney Creek bridges), is a through truss rather than a pony (most of the other more well-known bridges), or already has clear identifiers by other names (Shotwell bridge). Which leaves me...plumb out of ideas.

Posted March 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hyde's 1976 inventory has this as built in 1881, while the NBI has the current bridge at this location as built in 1982.

Posted March 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Robert - how long ago was this?

Posted March 28, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Apparently, someone decided to photograph the drive out to this bridge from the east side in September 2019 - the resulting drive can now be seen on StreetView.

Only one problem: There's some kind of blur in the middle of the image, so between that and the heavy growth there, you can't really see any of the bridge that way.

Posted March 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's true Nathan... I hope they follow through!

I still hold out a shred of hope that the Fort Street Bridge project will come to fruition, given it's a rare New Castle span. Maybe I can convince them that the state is going to back-charge them the money they received towards they replacement bridge when they agreed to preserve the truss bridge.🤔

Posted March 16, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The Fort Street Bridge is a City of Sault Ste. Marie project, so this one would be a different jurisdiction. Hopefully it fares better, if they moved it in one piece and just plan to display it in the front of the road commission at least it is a simple process so hopefully the project won't be abandoned.

Posted March 16, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I assume you are speaking of this one...

Given the county's inability to restore the beautiful Fort Street Bridge that has laid in storage for so many years now... I won't get my hopes up!

Posted March 16, 2021, by Robert Laitinen (rlaitinen [at] chippewacountyroads [dot] org)

With nearly complete failure of the west abutment wall the bridge structure was removed from the river intact before it fell into the river. It was moved in one piece to the Chippewa County Road Commission yard near Sault Ste. Marie where it is eventually planned to be placed as a historical display. It is currently in a storage location at the back of the maintenance yard.

Posted March 12, 2021, by Jason Holloway (Jasonholloway1210 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It would be fantastic leave this historic Bridge standing, under the intention of making it a pedestrian bridge. Unfortunately, there already is a purpose built pedestrian bridge to the west of the southbound Bridge. I want this bridge to stay, I believe it may be the last concrete curved cord through girder with an attached sidewalk in the state.

Posted February 16, 2021, by Paul

This extremely picturesque and well-maintained bridge is the centerpiece of Morenci's Labor Day Bridge Walk, an annual event imitating the five-mile walk over the Mackinac Bridge at the other end of the state. The railings are not original but do have a lattice design.

Some personally measured bridge statistics for whoever is interested:

Truss Height: Approximately 16 feet 8 inches

Endpost size: 6 3/16" by 12 1/8"

Lower Chords: 2" by 3/4" eyebars

Vertical Members: 5" by 11 15/16"

Diagonal Members: 1 15/16" by 9/16" eyebars except on central panel

Floor Beams: "Fishbelly" in design, 24" greatest depth

Stringers: 10 1/4" by 4/12" I-beams

Number of Rivets: Approximately 4,090

Photos taken in 2017 and 2018

Posted February 15, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The satellite image definitely shows that Michigan's most unique concrete t-beam bridge is no more. Check Bing Maps image for a photo showing the site after demolition was completed. What a waste... this should have been preserved for pedestrian use.

Posted February 13, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can't find a report to confirm that this has in fact been demolished - the closest to that appears to be that the latest satellite seems to show that it's in the process of being demolished, but isn't completely gone as yet.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oh yeah, probably. Time and again I've combed through NBI database lists and found where a bridge's type changed but its build year was kept the same.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Anonymous

The 1920 date the NBI gives for this bridge only applies to the concrete abutments, as the bridge superstructure is really just a typical timber slab identical to dozens of others built in Michigan in the late 1900's. The 1920 date itself is suspect, as that year has been used as a generic guess date when nobody knows just when a bridge was built. However, given this bridge's narrow width, it is probably a decent enough ballpark estimate for the age of the abutments.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Paul

I believe the NBI's 1910 date for this bridge applies only to the concrete abutments, while the superstructure, which is a typical wooden slab, likely dates from 1976. It was and remains fairly common in Michigan for small-scale timber bridges to be built on top of the substructure from the previous bridge, and it is also fairly common for the NBI to count the substructure date as the build date for the entire bridge.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Paul

Sure thing, Tony! Glad to be able to add to the treasure trove of information on this site.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Thanks for adding these Paul! I took the liberty of adding the pics of this and Cole Road to their respective pages crediting you.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Paul

This bridge is still standing and is not in that bad of shape despite having been closed for decades, unlike the collapsed Cole Road Bridge half a mile away.

Some pictures from April of 2018.

Posted February 12, 2021, by Paul

As of April 2018, this bridge had partially collapsed into Fitts Creek.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Not counting covered bridges, this is the oldest bridge I have associated a construction date with in Michigan. Unless there are other stone rail bridges hidden away in less visible locations that we do not know of, this could indeed be the oldest.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Paul

Despite its age of over 100 years, this little bridge looks to be as sturdy as the day it was built (aside from a few instances of chipped concrete) and looks much more imposing than its length in feet would seem to indicate. It's hard to see in an elevation view in the summertime, however!

Here are some photos from July of 2017 and March of 2018.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Paul

This is one of the most significant bridges in southern Michigan, both for its age, its association with the state's first railroad, and for being one of only a few large-scale stone arch bridges in the state. It may be the second oldest bridge in Michigan. I am not 100% sure on that, but so far the only Michigan bridge that I have discovered to be older is the Ackley Covered Bridge, which was built in 1832 in Pennsylvania and moved to Greenfield Village in 1937. So if that is considered cheating since it was built in another state, the Adrian bridge may "just possibly" be truly the oldest in Michigan. Further research is needed to confirm this, however.

Posted February 10, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This actually appears to be on the Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad line:

Posted February 10, 2021, by Samantha Isaacs (samanthaisaacs64 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hi! I visited this bridge this past November its beautiful!

Has there been any update on preservation?

Posted February 9, 2021, by AP (peck4756 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is this the 1st RR bridge at this site? Thanks.

Posted February 8, 2021, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

We ran past this one on Feb 6, 2021 during the Groundhog Marathon. I had planned to take more photos, as I knew I would go past it several times during the race, but my phone died. (Sorry!) It was beautiful decorated in all the snow...

Posted February 8, 2021, by Jen Savage (reoracer [at] gmail [dot] com)

I drove past this bridge on Saturday, it is beautiful and unique! So glad it is preserved in place! Sorry, I did not get any new photos, I was in the middle of a blizzard! I hope to go past this one again in the spring and will get some new ones....

Posted February 4, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bridge is unusual because the Keweenaw County Road Commission (county forces) built this bridge for the Michigan State Highway Department. The National Register nomination does not list an engineer.

Posted February 4, 2021, by Maureen Bokhart (Thebokharts [at] icloud [dot] com)

Do you know who designed and engineered this bridge?

Posted February 4, 2021, by Maureen Bokhart (Thebokharts [at] icloud [dot] com)

Do you know who designed and engineered this bridge?

Posted February 3, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

So, it essentially would have been a "Frankenbridge" in that regard.

Posted February 3, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Stumbled on this page and saw the question about the bridge. I don't think this bridge was anything special, I looked at it many years ago before it was replaced. It looked like it was made from salvaged materials and the "trusses" if you can call them that were of welded construction and didn't look like bridge trusses.

The Tridge (Michigan)
Posted January 19, 2021, by my name (email address)

this cool bridge i like bridge

Posted January 15, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a link to a video I recently did on the Red Arrow Highway Bridge:

Posted January 15, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Reportedly, Canadian National is looking at selling 850 miles of low density track in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. The line between Marengo Jct (WI) and White Pine, MI seems to be on the sale block as well. This includes not only this bridge, but the two massive viaducts in Wisconsin and some smaller viaducts as well. This line has been out of service for some time, so the future looks mighty bleak for this particular line..

Posted January 15, 2021, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a video I recently did on the Red Arrow Highway Bridge:

Posted December 28, 2020, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a link to a video I recently did on the Maiden Lane Bridge:

Posted December 22, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bridge in your photo has simple wooden posts for holding the railing. The only early photo I have for the Croswell Bridge appears to show triangular shaped posts for the railing which suggests a different bridge. My guess is its a different bridge, it seems like this bridge might also be lower to the river and shorter than Croswell but its hard to get a sense of scale.

Posted December 21, 2020, by Jean Burns (burnzee [at] teksavvy [dot] com)

Hello. I am trying to find out more about this bridge that my grandmother is standing on. Could it be Crosswell Suspension Bridge? My grandmother (Clara Marie Davidson) was born in Arkona, Ontario, Canada. She was raised from age 6-14 in St Louis Michigan. I believe she would be about 25 years old in this pic. Possibly her honeymoon. Her husband Hanson Holbrook had many extended family Holbrook relatives in the Croswell, Michigan area as well. Could this be the Croswell Suspension Bridge in about 1920?? I have wondered where this picture was taken for years. I know the bridge was built in 1905 and had planks set on it for a footpath originally. If you can help me out, great.

Thank you. Jean Burns

Posted November 16, 2020, by Mike Daffron (daffmikron [at] gmail [dot] com)

For what it's worth, the car looks to be a late 30's model.

Posted November 16, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs (geoffrey [dot] hubbs [at] att [dot] net)


No date on the postcard. The image was on Pinterest for a postcard on Ebay.

Hope you find more.


Posted November 16, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)


The page in Hyde's book that has a photo of the through truss dates it to around 1920. Any date for that postcard? (Other than with the R4 panels on the approach, it can't be any earlier than the 1930s.)

For that matter, any other information with regards to that postcard? (Where did it come from?)

In any case, there is only one pre-1972 aerial available - from 1958 - and the image is not clear enough to be able to distinguish a type.

Posted November 14, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

It appears this may be headed for a second life.

Last year, the County green-lit an engineering feasibility and cost study with regards to having this bridge restored.

The purpose? For use as part of a biking trail. (Page 7) (Page 28)

Consulting party? (Or quite possibly the ones doing the study.) Nels Raynor, and therefore Bach Steel as well.

The Argus-Press (an Owosso newspaper) mentions that a "pocket park" has also been proposed for building around the bridge - unfortunately, the full article is behind a paywall.

No news since then, however.

Posted November 3, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

FYI, the Port Huron Yacht Club is not allowed to start demolition until they have fulfilled ALL of the mitigation commitments in the MOA and they have been reviewed and approved by the Army Corps. They also must file a demolition plan with the coast guard. If anyone wants to visit one of the most significant historic bridges in Michigan before its too late you probably still have a little time left.

Posted November 3, 2020, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

The yacht club approved funding to remove the bascule bridge on November 2nd, 2020. Demolition and removal now imminent:

Posted October 8, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

That's a 1914 postcard? In that case, the bridge pictured was replaced in/around 1936.

I say "around" 1936 because Whittemore Street formerly served U.S. 27 in St. Johns, but from 1/7/1935 to 8/30/1937 it was off this stretch and presumably followed a different route. That timeframe may have been the duration of when this bridge was being replaced.

Meanwhile, Historic Aerials is completely screwy at the moment - I punch in the coordinates for this location and it dumps me in some Spanish/Portguese country! (At least that's how it looks from the language; trying to scan any which way leads to nowhere even remotely recognizable and I'm not going to just scan indefinitely.)

Posted September 24, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The 1957 image on HA almost makes it look more like a through truss than a rainbow arch. But then...that would make sense if the design was closer to one like Baltimore's own Howard Street bridge, which is listed as a steel through arch:

As to time of removal - looks like 1966-1973 range is as close as it gets.

Posted September 22, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

My Father-in-law just passed away from Covid 2 weeks ago. Wishing that upon someone makes you as ruthless as they may have been.

Posted September 22, 2020, by Okamifan1 (battlebotguy2 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Rejoice, Matty Moroun died this July (hopefully from COVID, so he suffered like what he put this bridge through). Perhaps there's still hope for this bridge now?

Posted September 18, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not sure it's as amusing as the guy who jumped off the bridge in an attempted suicide, only to land on some discarded mattresses... But it's a close second!

Posted September 18, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

"Whippits"? ---Whippits good!

That was the best news story I've heard in ages!


Art S.

PS. "Whippits" - Laughing gas.

Posted September 18, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

"Whippits"? That is a new one...

Posted September 18, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Only in DETROIT... someone attempted a Blues Brothers maneuver over this bridge!

Posted September 10, 2020, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I’m guessing there is a good chance that several of the spans, girder and truss, were relocated to this location.

Posted September 7, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

The hope is that this won't be the only one in Muskegon to get a thorough cleaning and paint job when all is said and done.

Posted September 1, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

We need a lot more of that for sure!

Posted September 1, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Was working in and around Clio today. On my way back home up 75, saw this:,-83.8548845,3a,15y,2...

You can't say Bridgeport doesn't know what they have, eh?