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NS - Rouge River Bridge (Old)


NS - Roug River Bridge (Old)

Replaced in 1923

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in August 2016


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BH Photo #360916



Lost Through truss bridge over Rouge River on Norfolk Southern Railroad (Wabash)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
Replaced 1923
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Through truss swing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.28788, -83.13931   (decimal degrees)
42°17'16" N, 83°08'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/323624/4683956 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 73261 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Detroit, Michigan (27)
Lost (22,280)
Lost 1923 (33)
Lost during 1920s (376)
Michigan (1,043)
Movable (2,848)
Norfolk Southern Railway (1,581)
Replaced by new bridge (14,866)
Swing (1,361)
Through truss (14,052)
Truss (31,244)
Wayne County, Michigan (79)

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2016: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 20, 2016: Added by Douglas Butler

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NS - Rouge River Bridge (Old)
Posted August 24, 2016, by Matt Lohry


I remember seeing that photo too; it creeped me out just a bit! Just like guns, those darn bridges keep going around and killing everyone--not the actions of any people!! B>Q I've personally found many of Doug's drawings to be helpful in giving me a pretty good idea of what some of these bridges look like, especially those without any other photos or street views. They're pretty good, and an obvious amount of effort from an obvious historic bridge fan has been put into them. So, with that, Doug, draw away!

NS - Rouge River Bridge (Old)
Posted August 24, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They don't bother me Doug... And in some cases where there are no photos posted, they at least offer a decent perspective of what the structure looks (looked) like!

Considering there are some bridges on this site that have as much as 200 pictures posted and it would be easy to say that many of those are repetitious... I don't see the problem with a couple sketches.

Hell... We even had a pic of a guy laying in a casket on here at one time! I don't remember which bridge it was, but a guy got drunk and ran into it and "it killed him". I felt bad because it was a sister that was upset her brother died and posted a photo of him because she blamed the bridge... But it was still a bit of a shock!

NS - Rouge River Bridge (Old)
Posted August 24, 2016, by Douglas Butler


Eric and Arts Don't look at them then if they irritate you haters!!! its a free country understand try drawing a thousand bridges of your favorite type past twenty years other than that stop slighting my work!!!

NS - Rouge River Bridge (Old)
Posted August 22, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Nope, they irritate many of us but the owner of the site seems to like them.

At least they are now referred to as the sketches they are as opposed to technical drawings as they were originally referred to.


Art S.

NS - Rouge River Bridge (Old)
Posted August 22, 2016, by Eric Kinkhorst (erick [dot] bud [at] gmail [dot] com)

Do these bridge sketches really serve a purpose?