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Hamilton Railroad Bridge

   


Hamilton Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 11, 2007
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Formerly CSX) Over Rabbit River
Location
Hamilton: Allegan County, Michigan
Structure Type
Wood Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
300 Feet (91.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
12 Feet (3.7 Meters)
Spans
Main Span Count Not Available
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Because the design of materials does not change over time, wooden bridges are extremely hard to date when compared to other structure types. However, given the complexity of the bridge, as well as the fact the line appears to have been around for a long time, suggest that this bridge is quite old, and thus historic. A 1916 date has been reported for the bridge. This bridge appears to be one business short of being abandoned. The line once ran south of Hamilton into Allegan, but that is long gone. The bridge however remains used from Hamilton to the main line in Holland. This bridge is the last section of the line in operations, and rail cars parked on the other side suggest that one business in Hamilton is giving this rail line business.

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