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Tahquamenon River Bridge

Photo 

Taquamerion River Bridge

Photo from old postcard

BH Photo #461683

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pony truss bridge over Tahquamenon River on M-123
Location
Luce County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
Design
Parker pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+46.37145, -85.51004   (decimal degrees)
46°22'17" N, 85°30'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/614596/5136397 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87366 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Lost (22,466)
Lost 1978 (55)
Lost during 1970s (628)
Luce County, Michigan (2)
Michigan (1,053)
Parker pony truss (367)
Parker truss (1,614)
Pony truss (15,731)
Replaced by new bridge (15,006)
Truss (31,318)

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: River spelling, design, replacement year
  • December 4, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

Sources 

  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Mike Kerkau - mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Tahquamenon River Bridge
Posted December 4, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hmmm. The R4 railings on the small approach span are intriguing, and if original, would point to a build time somewhere in the 1930s for the entire thing.

The old M-65 bridge in Iosco County, also a Parker, was built in 1931 and also has a blended sort of build, though it has concrete balustrade on the approaches instead of the R4 design.

That said, the Iosco bridge served road traffic until 2003, whereas this (per the NBI) was replaced in 1978, which raises these points in my mind:

-If the R4 approaches were original, could something have happened to this bridge in or not long before 1978? Only 40-some years of service would suggest it wasn't replaced "just because".

-Maybe the R4 approaches weren't original, thus the Parker truss was older?