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Spalding Bridge

Photos 

MI-114-1

The through truss in the background appears to be a railroad bridge, current status unknown.

Photo taken by Val Ihde, May 1996, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121366

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Relocated Pratt pony truss bridge over Big Cedar River on Old US 2/Old US 41 in Spalding
Location
Spalding, Menominee County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge; Relocated 1997
History
Built 1918; Moved 1934; Altered in 1988; Replaced 1995; Relocated 1997
Design
"The structure is a riveted steel pony truss bridge with longitudinal steel stringers and transverse wood plank deck. A walkway was attached to the north side of the bridge but was removed in 1988.

"Vehicular and pedestrian bridge to be replaced by a new bridge. The entire bridge will be moved to Chassell Township, Chassell, Michigan to be used as a pedestrian bridge across the Pike River within Section 5 of Township 53 North and Range 33 West, approximately 1.5 miles south of Chassell and on US-41. The bridge will be moved in the spring of 1997.

"The Michigan State Historic Prservation Officer has determined that this bridge is an unusual riveted Pratt Pony Truss structure. It is all the more unusual because of its attached pedestrian walkway."John P. St.Juliana, Menomonee County Road Commission
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Dimensions
Span length: 62.0 ft.
Total length: 62.0 ft.
Deck width: 19.9 ft.
Also called
Old Highway 41 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.69510, -87.51460   (decimal degrees)
45°41'42" N, 87°30'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/459935/5060300 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hermansville
Inventory number
BH 37190 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Big Cedar River", "HAER documented"
  • August 15, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-114 - Spalding Bridge, Spanning Big Cedar River, Spalding, Menominee County, MI