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Cheesman Road Bridge

Photos 

View Of The Southwest Bank

Photo taken by Phil Washburn, April 1997, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #120970

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Pine River on Cheesman Road in St. Louis
Location
St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1886; altered in 1955; Replaced 1987
Builder
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Design
Two span, 11 panel wrought iron Pratt through truss.

"The Cheesman Road Bridge is significant because it is one of the few wrought-iron pin-connected, Pratt truss highway bridges surviving in Michigan. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

"This documentation was undertaken in April 1987 in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement agreed to by the Gratiot County Road Commission as a mitigative measure prior to the demolition of the bridge."

Fred Walkington, Manager
Gratiot County Road Commission
Ithaca, Michigan

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Dimensions
Length of largest span: 123.0 ft.
Total length: 155.0 ft.
Deck width: 13.5 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.40056, -84.61528   (decimal degrees)
43°24'02" N, 84°36'55" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/693110/4808059 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Saint Louis
Inventory number
BH 37159 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-21 - Cheesman Road Bridge, Spanning Pine Bridge, Saint Louis vicinity, Gratiot County, MI