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Evans Street Bridge (1907)

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Raisin River Bridge

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BH Photo #495242

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Description 

Cost $15,450.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Parker through truss bridge over Raisin River on N Evans Street
Location
Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1907 to replaced a truss bridge destroyed May 3, 1907; replaced 1958
Builder
- Toledo-Massillon Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio (Likely Fabricator)
Design
11-panel, pinned Parker through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 240.0 ft.
Total length: 240.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.01400, -83.94175   (decimal degrees)
42°00'50" N, 83°56'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/256413/4655518 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 92660 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 9, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • June 23, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added deck width and categories "One-lane traffic", "Lattice Railing"
  • January 14, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Tweaked name to make it more distinctive
  • December 25, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Tweaked build date from 1908 to 1907 based on book
  • December 24, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added likely fabricator based on plaque and concrete abutments.
  • December 24, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • December 24, 2021: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • September 1, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • August 23, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • August 22, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • April 11, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

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Comments 

Raisin River Bridge
Posted December 27, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I do not know much about Wynkoop & McGormley aside that I have seen an undated pony truss plaque listing them as agents of Massillon. They later moved their offices to Toledo which is what leads me to believe they were agents of the new company Toledo-Massillon Bridge Company as well. However the few period references to the company list Wynkoop & McGormley as engineers and contractors. The Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory lists the Kent Street Bridge builder as Wynkoop & McGormley, with no reference to Toledo-Massillon Bridge Company. This bridge is identical to Kent Street and Turner Road. Am not aware of any surviving plaqued examples of this bridge style to confirm. However see this notation for the letting of Turner Road Bridge.

Raisin River Bridge
Posted December 24, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I call Toledo-Massillon as likely fabricator based on plaque design and the concrete abuts likely making it post-1900. Wouldn't doubt that W&M were agents on this one.

Raisin River Bridge
Posted December 24, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

The plaque looks like Massillon to me. That said I understand Nathan's point. Nathan, were they just agents for Massillon of more along the lines of D&W in relation to Phoenix? How should the builders be listed?

Regards,

Art S.

Raisin River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

It probably was about 220 feet. Looks like a copy of the Kent Street Bridge and the Turner Road Bridge to me and like those bridges likely dated to the early 20th century. Wynkoop and McGormley as I understand were agents of the Toledo-Massillon Bridge Company.

Raisin River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The plaque is definitely a Massillon style plaque that was used beginning in the 1890's

It was definitely a good sized bridge being composed of 11 panels. It is common to see modern replacement spans built somewhat longer than the older ones.

Raisin River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Paul Plassman

That must have been one giant of a span. The 1958 bridge there now is 270 feet long according to the NBI, so I would assume the old bridge was similar in size. Likely it was the longest single span truss ever built in Lenawee County.

Raisin River Bridge
Posted August 23, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Looks like a possible product of Wynkoop and McGormley of Toledo, Ohio