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Grand River Bridge Lyons (Old)


Grand River Circa 1920

Photo taken by Dana and Kay Klein in March 2017

BH Photo #383198



Built at a cost of $13,000 in 1881 by the township. In 1919 the township abandoned it and the state took control of the bridge. In 1929 Michigan abandoned the bridge. Ionia County wanted the village of Lyons to take ownership of it. A lawsuit was filed over who was responsible for the cost of replacing it. Eventually the state of Michigan, along with Federal aid, paid to replace it.


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Grand River on Bridge Street
Lyons, Ionia County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge in 1975
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.98195, -84.95031   (decimal degrees)
42°58'55" N, 84°57'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/667118/4760848 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Portland North
Inventory number
BH 76113 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,669)
Built 1881 (140)
Built during 1880s (2,017)
Ionia County, Michigan (39)
Lost (25,263)
Lost 1975 (84)
Lost during 1970s (803)
Lyons, Michigan (2)
Michigan (1,159)
Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. (60)
Owned by city (5,549)
Pony truss (16,311)
Replaced by new bridge (17,005)
Through truss (15,282)
Truss (33,134)
Whipple truss (390)
Wooden deck (6,086)

Update Log 

  • July 25, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 25, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • July 2, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 7, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • June 6, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • March 14, 2017: Added by Dana and Kay Klein

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Grand River Bridge Lyons (Old)
Posted June 7, 2019, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Dana & Kay, thanks for adding this . It's definitely kept me entertained for a bit. There's enough information to write a book. Seriously. Multiple car accidents, an arson attempt, lawsuits, a flood, repairs, multiple openings and closings. I restrained myself as much as possible; I wanted to add Everything!