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ADBF - River Raisin Approach Bridge (Blissfield)

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Photo taken by Paul Plassman in May 2020

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Overview
Steel stringer bridge over Dry land on Adrian & Blissfield Railroad
Location
Blissfield, Lenawee County, Michigan
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1907 by the King Bridge Co.
Builder
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Design
Riveted two-span steel stringer
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.83374, -83.86486   (decimal degrees)
41°50'01" N, 83°51'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/262111/4635285 (zone/easting/northing)
Elevation
675 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 94026 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

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Beam (16,242)
Blissfield, Michigan (7)
Built 1907 (723)
Built during 1900s (7,435)
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King Bridge Co. (396)
Lenawee County, Michigan (61)
Michigan (1,280)
Open (40,261)
Owned by railroad (12,978)
Steel stringer (6,492)

Update Log 

  • August 22, 2021: New Street View added by Paul Plassman

Sources 

  • Paul Plassman

Comments 

ADBF - River Raisin Approach Bridge (Blissfield)
Posted August 22, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Thanks! That explanation makes sense. To be honest, I was surprised to find that a small span like this had a builder plaque at all, let alone one from one of the major bridgebuilding companies.

ADBF - River Raisin Approach Bridge (Blissfield)
Posted August 22, 2021, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Sometimes railroads had mass contracts for small girders or beams from a single company. Often these spans were used to replace wooden bridges. Itís likely the truss was a separate contract, instead of a single contract for several spans.

Nice find!

ADBF - River Raisin Approach Bridge (Blissfield)
Posted August 22, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Interesting that this small bridge was built by the King Bridge Company, but that the main River Raisin truss only a few feet away was erected the same year on the same rail line by the American Bridge Company instead. You would think that the rail line would have used the same company for both spans.