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CM - Saginaw River Swing Bridge


Central Michigan Saginaw River Swing Bridge

Saginaw MI

Photo taken by Douglas Butler

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)


BH Photo #286867

Street View 


Baltimore through truss bridge over Saginaw River on Central Michigan RR
Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan
Open to traffic (though no longer as a swing)
Built 1914
- Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Central Michigan Railway (CM)
Baltimore through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.42663, -83.94461   (decimal degrees)
43°25'36" N, 83°56'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/261650/4812405 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 52111 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Baltimore through truss (349)
Baltimore truss (386)
Built 1914 (854)
Built during 1910s (10,025)
Central Michigan Railway (3)
Deck girder (6,345)
Girder (11,238)
Have street view (29,292)
Michigan (1,400)
Movable (3,137)
Open (41,014)
Owned by railroad (13,593)
Pin-connected (4,907)
Plate girder (8,783)
Railroad (16,551)
Saginaw County, Michigan (43)
Saginaw, Michigan (12)
Swing (1,576)
Through truss (17,289)
Truss (36,056)
Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. (177)

Update Log 

  • December 4, 2019: New photos from Mike Kerkau
  • September 26, 2018: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • July 1, 2014: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • September 27, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • April 19, 2012: Added by Frank Hicks



CM - Saginaw River Swing Bridge
Posted January 28, 2022, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

I can confirm that this bridge still carries trains. It probably hasn't operated as a "swing" for some time (who knows how long), but the railroad line is definitely still in use.

I was at the nearby Lee Mansion again today, and while waiting for volunteers to arrive so we could get to work on things, there was a train that went across. I was preoccupied because we were already past the intended start time, or Id've tried to get a few "train traffic" pictures.

CM - Saginaw River Swing Bridge
Posted December 24, 2021, by Naisaga (szczepanikpatrick [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was looking at a map of Saginaw from 1937. I will link the site with the map in this comment. There appears to be another railroad bridge just north of this one right above Thompson street!

I can't find anything about the ST-Saginaw Bridge found by Douglas that crossed over Ojibway island however.



CM - Saginaw River Swing Bridge
Posted December 4, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

Oddly enough, there's a historic mansion just a couple blocks northeast of this bridge that is now the focus of a volunteer restoration project. https://www.facebook.com/CharlesLeeMansion/

Seeing this bridge out the window whilst in the mansion for a clean up day today, I decided to take a few minutes after we broke for the day to take a few pictures.

Central Michigan Saginaw River Swing Bridge
Posted September 27, 2013, by mike (mike31_48823 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is still in use as of 9-27-13 and has been verified as still open!!!