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Farrand Bridge (Old)


Farrand Bridge - Old

Battle Creek Enquirer: January 24 1965


BH Photo #449324


Street View 


Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over the St Joseph River on Farrand Road
Colon, St. Joseph County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1868 by Simon de Graff. Sold to a salvage firm for $150 in 1966
- Simon de Graff of Syracuse, New York (Builder)
- Squire Whipple of Albany, New York (Design)
(3) 7-panel Bowstring pony trusses
Length of largest span: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.98222, -85.33527   (decimal degrees)
41°58'56" N, 85°20'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/637909/4649142 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 76148 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 7, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed from a through to a pony truss.
  • June 7, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • November 23, 2017: Updated by Dana and Kay Klein: Added category "Squire Whipple"
  • March 17, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein



Farrand Bridge (Old)
Posted March 19, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Dana, I looked around on Google Earth but couldn't see any possible location that stood out. Was going to make a page for it but it may well have been in Branch County and not St. Joseph. I actually stumbled across this bridge when I was looking for the other de Graff built Whipple Bowstrings that were built in Elkhart County, Indiana. It would seem that Mr. de Graff was pretty active in this region in the late 1860's!

Farrand Bridge (Old)
Posted March 18, 2019, by Dana

Tony I'll delete photo till Leland Loci established. Thanks!

Farrand Bridge (Old)
Posted March 18, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This photo is labeled as the Leland Bridge, and not the Farrand Bridge.

In Grant Farrand's notes he talks about the Leland Bridge being 5 miles to the East of the Farrand Bridge and says that it collapsed and was not replaced.

Farrand Bridge (Old)
Posted November 30, 2018, by Anonymous

The amazing "construction story" of 1868 given in the above Description together with the Leland photo are similar to the unbelievable 1859 "construction story" being written for the six Whipple bowstring cast and wrought iron arch bridges built for the Beale Wagon Road in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) just west of Fort Smith. All six bridges were destroyed during the Civil War, as they ran east-west along the battle lines between the Union and Confederate armies. Your Whipple bridge must have been almost identical to them.