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White's Covered Bridge 22-34-01x


Photo taken by Jet Lowe, 2004, for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #121101



Covered bridge over Flat River on White's Bridge Road
Smyrna, Ionia County, Michigan
Destroyed by fire July 7, 2013
Built 1867-1869; Subsequent work 1936, 1967, 1991;
- Jared N. Bresee
- Joseph H. Walker
Covered Brown through truss
White's Bridge is one of two surviving examples of a Brown truss covered bridge in the United States. Patented by Josiah Brown Jr. in 1857, the Brown truss represents a mid-nineteenth century flowering of innovation in American timber bridge design.
Destroyed by arson fire July 7, 2013: http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/ionia_county/whites-bridge-is-burned-down
Length of largest span: 118.8 ft.
Total length: 120.7 ft.
Deck width: 13.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.01470, -85.29790   (decimal degrees)
43°00'53" N, 85°17'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/638703/4763852 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 73002330 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINBI 34200045000B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
MINEW 04039 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
WGCB 22-34-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 20074 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2014: New photos from Janis Ford
  • February 24, 2014: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 7, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Destroyed by arson fire July 7, 2013
  • February 8, 2010: New photo from Robert Stephenson
  • August 13, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated bridge data


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER MI-331 - White's Bridge, Spanning Flat River, White's Bridge Road, Smyrna, Ionia County, MI
  • Robert Stephenson - seinfeld99 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • mlive story - Arson news with video
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Janis Ford


White's Covered Bridge 22-34-01x
Posted January 26, 2020, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Replacement replica slated to be finished by July: https://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2020/01/after-arson-...

Posted July 7, 2015, by Cameron Rogers (cammers1995 [at] gmail [dot] com)

It has been announced that the bridge is going to have a replica rebuilt on the same site, as funds have finally been raised. It will be identical to the original but with modern construction. More info here: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/475-000-plans-to-re...

I have also attached current, up to date images of the area. The bridge foundation on both ends of the road looks stable, and the area is clean. The waterlevel however seems lower than normal.

You can see more images I snapped here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132672738@N03/

White's Covered Bridge
Posted July 8, 2013, by William Henry (IJH [dot] WRH [at] Gmail [dot] com)

Destroy by aronist over the 4th of July weekend

White's Covered Bridge
Posted April 28, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was closed for 10 months after a drunk driver decided that it needed an exit to the west. Just recently reopend to traffic.