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Ingalls Road Bridge


Pratt truss bridge over Flat River on Ingalls Road
Ionia County, Michigan
Has been moved to private property
Built 1884; relocated 2003 to Alpena County
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Pratt through truss
Span length: 95.8 ft.
Total length: 95.8 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.05278, -85.26383   (decimal degrees)
43°03'10" N, 85°15'50" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/641392/4768138 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
MINBI 34313H00006B010 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2010 and before)
BH 20069 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 28, 2018: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Added category "Relocated"
  • April 28, 2011: Updated by John Berry: Bridge has been moved


  • John Berry - jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com


Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted December 28, 2018, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well...here's some more detail about where this one is now: http://99wfmk.com/mysteryfallssinkholealpena/

The article includes several pictures, most of which are for the Mystery Falls Sinkhole that it now spans, but there's a couple that show the bridge itself and one has a Google Maps location.

That said, here's a better Google link: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.1942143,-83.6092191,17z

(It will be the upper of the two building shapes just below the North Eastern State Trail. Switch to Satellite view and it immediately becomes obvious.)

Other pictures show fencing around it though, and in any case, accessing it will require permission from the current owners (mentioned as "the Kennedy farm" in the article) - though, apparently there have been ongoing efforts to make the sinkhole into a tourist attraction.

The Trail itself is public - it's a 70-mile trail stretching from Alpena to Cheboygan - though I doubt it'd be viewable from there.

Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted April 28, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Absolutely John.....

You need to sign up for an editor account so you can upload your pics directly to the bridge's page.....and add new pages for these lost spans.

Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted April 28, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Let me see what I can do. Between the road commission and the historical groups I should be able to come up with something.

Speaking of which, would you be interested in other bridges that use to stand in Ionia county but are many years removed? I have access to photos of an old bridge that use to cross the river in Lyons and one in Hubbardston.

Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted April 27, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Actually, there was an entire book written about the relocation of this bridge. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Falls-Bridge-Richard-Ruelle/dp... It is not easy to come by these days unfortunately. I believe I have a copy buried in my pile of bridge stuff somewhere. An article about the new bridge location is available here. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/news/16709

The discussion about this bridge on this website reminds me that this is one of the only truss bridges in the entire lower peninsula that I do not yet have on HistoricBridges.org and I need to remedy that.

Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted April 27, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Would definitely like to see pics of this one John. The 1 photo I have seen was from the Michigan DOT site and is not very clear. Looks to be a Massillon with a somewhat different portal style than their others from the 1880's.

Will this span be accessible to the public in Alpena County?

Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted April 26, 2011, by John Berry (jberry3479 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge was actually moved a number of years ago to private property up by Alpena

Ingalls Road Bridge
Posted July 5, 2010, by James Simmons (james [at] simmons [dot] net)

Ill try to photograph this when I get up there at the end of the month