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Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge


View in winter

Photo taken by Paul Plassman in December 2017


BH Photo #505324


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Lots more info at Historic Bridges.org.

Bridge was focal point of Morenci's Labor Day Bridge Walk from 1995 onward before the Sterling Road Bridge was moved in from Hillsdale County in 2004.


Steel stringer bridge over Silver Creek on M-156 (West Street)
Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan
Open to traffic
Built 1935 by W.H. Knapp Co. as part of the Taft Memorial Highway; rehabilitated 2000
- Michigan State Highway Department
- W.H. Knapp Co. of Monroe, Michigan
Steel stringer with R4 railings
Span length: 44.9 ft.
Total length: 44.9 ft.
Deck width: 33.1 ft.
Skew angle
30 degrees
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 2000
Also called
M-156 Silver Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.71247, -84.21157   (decimal degrees)
41°42'45" N, 84°12'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/731978/4621610 (zone/easting/northing)
730 ft. above sea level
Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 99001731 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
MINEW 05504 (Michigan bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory 2011 and later)
BH 94134 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of May 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 98.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

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Murray D. Van Wagoner Memorial Bridge
Posted August 29, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

For future reference - putting "of (their location)" shouldn't be necessary, as that will be added automatically as the builder's location information will be stored internally by the admins. Putting their location as part of the builder name just creates a new category, as the site reads that as a separate name altogether.

In this case, however, the internal location data would need to be added for the Monroe, MI-based W.H. Knapp (there's only one other Knapp-identified bridge currently on the site, BH 37191). Nathan/Luke?

Also - the Download File button on the NRHP search page will open the PDF in a separate tab so it doesn't have to be viewed in a truncated window: https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/25338283/content/e...