4 votes

CSX - Black River Bridge


View from the north

Note the christmas ornament on the top

Photo taken by Jann Mayer in February 2008

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #240923

Street View 


Who wants to BUY it???? The catch: You have to MOVE it.


The purchase agreement states the Friends of the Pere Marquette Bridge can buy the bridge equipment for $10,000, with that price falling to $1 if the group matches all obligations in the agreement.

Those obligations include:

*Deposit $10,000 within 60 days of the agreement purchase, with the money being forfeited to the seller as liquidated damages if the group is unable to satisfy any of the conditions. *Provide proof of liability insurance, including pollution coverage, in the amount of $2 million for injury to persons or damage to property related to the removal of the train bridge. *Retain a performance bond to remove the structure within 12 months of the agreement. *Provide the yacht club a detailed plan on means and methods to dismantle and remove the equipment.


The historic train bridge at the edge of the Black River in Port Huron isn't going anywhere soon.

Collette Luff, a regulatory project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said there's no timeline as to when a final decision will be made on a demolition permit that was filed nearly five years ago.

Officials previously hoped for a decision by the end of 2016.

"I'm finishing up my review of alternatives to avoid, minimize, mitigate the adverse effects of removing the bridge from the historic property," she said.

Once that review is complete, it will be considered internally before being sent to the State Historic Preservation Office, Luff said.

The Pere Marquette bridge's historical nature is what is making it such a complex process, she said.

"Removing the bridge would destroy the physical characteristics that make it eligible for listing," Luff said.

The alternatives to demolition include doing nothing, preserving the site using federal criteria, moving the bridge to another location and recordation which would entail a historian documenting the site prior to demolition or removal.

Luff said she doesn't have a time line for when her review will be completed.

The Port Huron Yacht Club applied for the permit in March 2012.

The club purchased the 3.3-acre parcel known as Scenic Point and wanted to remove the 86-year-old bridge to make room for an observation deck.

"The yacht club continues to do its due diligence and we continue to patiently wait this process out," said Tyson Connolly, yacht club publicity chairman and past commodore.

Connolly said being patient isn't new for the club.

"The yacht club has a long history of patiently waiting things out and our history shows we do good work once what we request happens," he said.

While the yacht club has asked for the removal, others have said the bridge is iconic to the city and needs to stay.

Marcia Haynes, who started the nonprofit Friends of the Pere Marquette Bridge, said the group submitted plans for restoring the bridge two years ago.

The nonprofit's plans include leaving it where is stands, cleaning it, putting lights on it, and renting it from the yacht club for $1 a year.

"We will have to wait," Haynes said in a message. "We realize this is a little out of the ordinary for the Army Corps of Engineers."

The nonprofit can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/PHBlackRiverBridge.


Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Black River on Pere Marquette Railroad (abandoned)
Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan
Closed to all traffic; the yacht club that now owns the bridge proposed to demolish it as of December 2011; preservation group has offered to acquire lease it but club wants it moved off-site
Future prospects
To be demolished after funding was approved at a meeting on November 2, 2020
Built 1931
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Superstructure)
- Jutton-Kelly Co. of Dearborn, Michigan (Substructure)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Pere Marquette Railway (PM)
Warren through truss with all verticals
Length of largest span: 173.0 ft.
Total length: 234.0 ft.
Also called
Pere Marquette Railroad Bridge
Port Huron Railroad Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.97376, -82.42029   (decimal degrees)
42°58'26" N, 82°25'13" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/384184/4758879 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Port Huron
Inventory number
BH 52076 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 13, 2021: Updated by John Marvig: added additional builder
  • November 3, 2020: Updated by Jason Smith: The bridge is officially doomed.
  • September 12, 2019: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • January 14, 2019: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Wanna BUY the bridge? But there's a BIG catch!
  • February 7, 2017: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Update on long-postponed--perhaps indefinitely--demolitiomn
  • October 28, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 21, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • August 16, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • April 7, 2014: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • August 27, 2013: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • October 5, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • October 4, 2012: New photo from Jann Mayer
  • April 17, 2012: Updated by Nathan Holth: Fixed category to use pre-existing "Abt Bascule Bridge" category.
  • April 17, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks

Related Bridges 



CSX - Black River Bridge
Posted March 11, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The bascule bridge remains standing for now. Unfortunately, the demolition permit will be approved, pending the completion of mitigation, which is ongoing. We have fought hard for about 10 years now, but it is hard to win against a bridge that is privately owned by a group that cares only about themselves and not the wellbeing of the community.

CSX - Black River Bridge
Posted March 4, 2022, by Douglas Butler

hey Nathan

what's the update on this Port Huron Abt Bascule, is it removed now or it's still there?

Pere Marquette - Black River Bridge
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.

Pere Marquette - Black River Bridge
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: https://eu.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2020/11/02/port-hur...

Pere Marquette - Black River Bridge
Posted November 14, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Please show your support for preserving this historic bridge by voting in this local radio's poll:


PM Black River Bridge
Posted January 31, 2014, by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Online petition to preserve this bridge: