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GT - Saginaw River Bridge


Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923


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Lost Pratt through truss double swing bridge over Saginaw River on Grand Trunk Railway
Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
Built 1913
- H.B. Stuart (Superstructure Engineer)
- R.D. Garner (Substructure Engineer)
- W.J. Meagher & Sons of Bay City, Michigan (Substructure Contractor)
- Wisconsin Bridge Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Superstructure Contractor)
- Grand Trunk Railroad (GT)
2 250' Modified pratt through truss swing spans
5 160' Modified pratt through truss spans
Length of largest span: 250.0 ft.
Total length: 1,300.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.58835, -83.89673   (decimal degrees)
43°35'18" N, 83°53'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/266152/4830230 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Bay City
Inventory number
BH 73596 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2016: New photos from Douglas Butler
  • September 12, 2016: Added by Luke


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GT - Saginaw River Bridge
Posted April 3, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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GT - Saginaw River Bridge
Posted December 31, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

That old guess turns out to be way, way off.

In fact, the earliest available Aerial for this location is 1954 - and it's already gone!

This is where being able to research the railroad lines here in Bay City would really come in handy.

GT - Saginaw River Bridge
Posted September 10, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is a marker for the pedestrian pier that now stands where the bridge used to. It says the bridge had been built in 1911 rather than 1913 (though that could very well be wrong), but it also gives a construction date for the pier as 1989, so...best guess, the bridge was removed sometime in the 80s?

GT - Saginaw River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2016, by Douglas Butler

I recognize the double section of a planned design.

GT - Saginaw River Bridge
Posted September 12, 2016, by Douglas Butler

I see another swing span further left of a double swing