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Crystal Springs Street Bridge


National Register Listing photo


BH Photo #444849


Moved twice in it's 96 year history.


Camelback pony truss bridge over Dowagiac River on Crystal Springs Street
Cass County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1923 on Telegraph Road over River Rouge; moved to M-86 over Prairie River 1938; moved to Crystal Springs Street over Dowagiac River 2018
- BACH Steel of St. Johns, Michigan (2018 Relocation and Restoration)
5-slope Camelback pony truss
Span length: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 26.9 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 4, 2000
Also called
Prairie River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.92538, -86.20607   (decimal degrees)
41°55'31" N, 86°12'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/565828/4641796 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 00000044 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 82914 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


BACH Steel (16)
Built 1923 (641)
Built during 1920s (10,284)
Cass County, Michigan (3)
Michigan (1,400)
NR-listed (3,014)
Open (41,013)
Owned by county (21,656)
Parker pony truss (395)
Parker truss (1,812)
Pony truss (17,080)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,675)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,849)
Truss (35,934)

Update Log 

  • February 14, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 20, 2019: New photo from Tony Dillon
  • September 20, 2018: Added by Mike Kerkau

Related Bridges 



Crystal Springs Street Bridge
Posted September 20, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge already had been moved once before so I assume it was not delisted from the National Register. However in contrast, I was told all the bridges in Historic Bridge Park in Calhoun County were delisted. That doesn't change the historic significance of those bridges, I think it was more of a clerical outcome given that the bridges were dismantled and in storage for a period prior to being erected at the park.

Crystal Springs Street Bridge
Posted September 20, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Not a silly question at all.

Hopefully the SHPO (State Historic Preservation Officer) has been made aware of the relocation and can file the appropriate paperwork (if necessary) to keep the listing intact.

Crystal Springs Street Bridge
Posted September 20, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is probably a silly question, but when a bridge that had been listed on the NRHP in its previous location gets moved, does it lose its listing or no?