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Breedsville Bridge

Photo 

Old Postcard from Stewart Edwin Beitler

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BH Photo #540598

Facts 

Overview
Lost Warren Cantilever Bedstead pony truss over South Branch Black River likely on Pine Street.
Location
Van Buren County, Michigan
Status
No longer exists
Builder
- Indiana Bridge Co. of Muncie, Indiana
Design
Warren Cantilever Bedstead pony truss.
Dimensions
Total length: 75.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.34544, -86.07242   (decimal degrees)
42°20'44" N, 86°04'21" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/576402/4688548 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 100451 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 11, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "Riveted", "Lattice Railing"
  • September 11, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Changed information as this was not a railroad bridge.
  • September 8, 2022: New photo from Stewart Edwin Beitler

Sources 

  • Stewart Edwin Beitler - stubear0430 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com

Comments 

Breedsville Bridge
Posted September 12, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

That is sad, I never knew Michigan once had one of these. Today, Van Buren County has fewer historic bridges than almost any southern Michigan County.

Breedsville Bridge
Posted September 11, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Thanks, Tony....it happened to catch my attention as I had just been looking at the page for the bridge in Indiana! Wonder if it lasted until 1969 when the NBI says the predecessor to the current Pine Street bridge was built.

Breedsville Railroad Bridge (Pere Marquette RR)
Posted September 11, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

You have a good eye Paul, as this was indeed a Warren Cantilever Bedstead pony truss. This was a patented design by the Indiana Bridge Company, and was not a railroad bridge.

I modified the entry as I agree, this was most likely on Pine Street at the South edge of town.

Breedsville Railroad Bridge (Pere Marquette RR)
Posted September 11, 2022, by Paul Plassman

That is a great find, Stewart! It appears to be some sort of deck truss, possibly a bedstead. Ironically, it looks somewhat similar to another rare truss bridge in Indiana that has showed up in the forum lately, https://bridgehunter.com/il/woodford/102309400585/

Despite what the postcard listing claims, this is almost certainly not a railroad bridge, as shown by the decorative lattice railing. It was likely on South Pine Street in the town of Breedsville.

Here is another image: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/575475658611533257/