Paw Paw Avenue Bridge
The Herald-Press: February 15 1966
BH Photo #451154
Nathan, you're welcome and thanks for the encouragement.
Melissa, a great find here! I have extensive familiarity with pre-1900 concrete arch bridges, and while some are remarkably ornate with stone facing like Michigan's oldest known surviving concrete arch bridge in Detroit: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=m... others are very simple in appearance, as engineers were not yet confident enough to incorporate significant architectural details into concrete, for example the Cooke Road Bridge in Ohio: https://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=o...
This certainly has the potential to be a pre-1900 arch bridge, similar in vintage to the Cooke Road Bridge, and thus a remarkable discovery in the newspapers, thanks!
It certainly appears to be one. As far as the age...I based it on information from the paper but as we have found out that's not always accurate.
An actual concrete arch bridge that pre-dates 1900? At least, I'm pretty sure given what we can see in the article photos, that it was indeed a concrete arch...
The photos are a bit dark. I mapped the location as best possible after looking at historic aerial images.