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Bristol Street Bridge


Circa 1909

Old Postcard View


BH Photo #378893



Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Saginaw River on Bristol Street Trolley
Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan
Destroyed by flooding
Built 1911; Destroyed by flooding 1916
- Attica Bridge Co. of Attica, Indiana (Based on unique plaque design)
- Saginaw Valley Traction Co.
- Saginaw-Bay City Railroad (S&BC)
- Streetcar
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.42211, -83.95153   (decimal degrees)
43°25'20" N, 83°57'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/261073/4811922 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 75679 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder
  • December 12, 2019: Updated by Luke: Reverted build date
  • December 11, 2019: Updated by Mike Kerkau: Corrected build year
  • February 21, 2017: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • February 16, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added build & loss dates, updated cause of loss, added streetcar names
  • February 16, 2017: Added by Dana and Kay Klein



Bristol Street Bridge
Posted December 12, 2019, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I figured that I would rephrase my previous comment to better explain what I mean. As Luke pointed out, this bridge has been rebuilt multiple times. The original bridge at this location might have actually been built in 1865 but the span featured in this photograph is clearly a much newer bridge.

1860s truss bridges are generally constructed of cast iron members, not built up beams. The span featured in this photograph is much more consistent with a turn-of-the-century bridge as opposed to a Civil War era bridge.

Bristol Street Bridge
Posted December 12, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The unique design of the plaque identifies this bridge as having been built by the Attica Bridge Company of Attica, Indiana. They were founded about 1897 and continued until around 1913 when they relocated to East St. Louis, Illinois. The large lattice struts were also commonly used by them.

Bristol Street Bridge
Posted December 12, 2019, by Luke

From Mike's own link "About 1885 it was bought by the Central Bridge Co., rebuilt, and used by cars of the Union Street Railway" and the page after that yields a caption stating "In 1911 the Bristol Street Bridge was totally rebuilt by the street railway company at a cost of $30,000."

Bristol Street Bridge
Posted December 11, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

This was, unsurprisingly, NOT built in 1900 - it actually dates to 1865.