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Belinda Street Bridge

Photos 

Fair Use

BH Photo #334130

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Saginaw River on Belinda Street
Location
Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1893; Replaced 1976;
Builder
- Detroit Bridge & Iron Works of Detroit, Michigan
Design
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.61312, -83.87436   (decimal degrees)
43°36'47" N, 83°52'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/268053/4832919 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Essexville
Inventory number
BH 68776 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (7,845)
Bay City, Michigan (12)
Bay County, Michigan (20)
Built 1893 (227)
Built during 1890s (3,055)
Detroit Bridge & Iron Works (55)
Lost (26,390)
Lost 1976 (92)
Lost during 1970s (847)
Michigan (1,279)
Movable (3,060)
Owned by city (5,762)
Pratt through truss (5,638)
Pratt truss (9,670)
Replaced by new bridge (17,882)
Swing (1,517)
Through truss (15,732)
Truss (33,892)

Update Log 

  • September 7, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 4, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 3, 2015: Updated by Luke: Corrected default as the bridge was a through truss swing, not a bascule.
  • August 3, 2015: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • August 2, 2015: Added by Luke

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Comments 

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

You're welcome Mike !

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here's where it gets a bit confusing for me, or at least it did at first.

The article gives a total length of 1,642 feet, with a width of 20 feet, plus also sidewalks on each side that were each 6 feet wide.

Hyde's 1976 inventory, on the other hand, gave a total length of just 628 feet with an overall width of 35 feet. (For that matter, his listing didn't include a builder.)

Not much difference in the width, but the overall length? I suspect Hyde didn't include stretches on land in his calculation, whereas the article does. Plus also, the Independence Bridge that replaced it has a total length of 1,211.3 feet for the bascule and another 209 feet for the fixed span that goes over Water Street right to its south (total: 1,420.3 feet).

So, 1,642 feet sounds more likely.

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ha, I'll take that over a passing citation from 2011. Thanks Melissa!

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Mike, I hope this helps.

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Detroit Free Press

November 4 1892

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 17, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Detroit Free Press

February 23 1893

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted December 16, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This states that, like the Third Street and Cass Avenue bridges, this too was built by the Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Works:

https://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/2011/03/history_of_bay_c...

I'm hoping to verify this either through the Historical Society or another source.

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Luke

The Independence Bridge replaced the Belinda Street Bridge: http://www.baycitymi.org/resources/links/item/311-bay-city-b...

Also, the entry is quite clearly made for the 1893 swing bridge, not the bascule you sketched.

Belinda Street Bridge
Posted August 3, 2015, by Douglas Butler

Maybe this bascule bridge replaced it.