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East Cass Street Bridge

Photos 

MI-69-1

Photo taken by Dietrich Floeter, September 1992, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #120730

Description 

Only bridge in Albion that withstood the flood of 1908.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Closed-spandrel arch bridge over Kalamazoo River on E. Cass Street in Albion
Location
Albion, Calhoun County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Built 1896; opened December 15, 1896; Alterations 1954; Replaced 1996
Builders
- Keepers & Thacher of Detroit, Michigan
- Robert Dunn & Co. of Detroit, Michigan
Design
"The East Cass Street Bridge is a rare example of a stone arch highway bridge, a type seldom used in Michigan because of the availability of cheap timber. The structure is also uncommon because it has three spans. The East Cass Street Bridge is the only bridge to survive the disastrous flood of 1908 which resulted from the destruction of the dams upstream at Homer, Michigan.


"This documentation was undertakend in April, 1993, in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement by the Michigan Department of Transportation as a mitigative measure prior to the replacement of the bridge"
--Henry M. Stuart, Project Engineer
Wrightman and Associates, Inc., St. Joseph, Michigan

Dimensions
Span length: 143.8 ft.
Total length: 143.8 ft.
Deck width: 29.2 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.24528, -84.75194   (decimal degrees)
42°14'43" N, 84°45'07" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/685466/4679456 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Southwest Albion
Inventory number
BH 37145 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 12, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added link with more info
  • August 11, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

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