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Grand River Bridge (Old)


Grand River Bridge

If you look closely, you can see a man standing at right of the main span to provide a sense of scale

Photo taken by Huntley

View this photo at ebay.com

BH Photo #351686


Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Grand River on North Bridge Street
Saranac, Ionia County, Michigan
Replaced by a new bridge
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.93303, -85.21332   (decimal degrees)
42°55'59" N, 85°12'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/645789/4754926 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 71849 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 30, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 17, 2018: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • February 2, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • April 17, 2016: Added by ArtS

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Grand River Bridge (Old)
Posted April 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Just because the postcards are cancelled in those years doesn't mean they were originally produced then. This style postcard (without a place for the writing on the front) started being mass produced in 1907. I have seen postcards of bridges lost in the 1913 flood being used into the 1920's.

Grand River Bridge (Old)
Posted April 24, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Postcards from 1912, 1913...and the very next year, it's replaced with the Warren.

Though, that exact timing would make me wonder if in fact this one might have been destroyed by the Great Lakes Storm of November 1913... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Storm_of_1913

Shipwreck enthusiasts know well of the impact that storm had, doesn't seem like a great logical leap to think that it might have inflicted casualties among bridges as well.