Plate girder swing bridges are a rare structure type in Michigan, particularly examples which still actually function. This bridge continues to carry trains and also open and close for marine traffic. The bridge's superstructure is a variable depth deck plate girder. The bridge appears to retain good historic integrity. The bridge might be thought of as an upside down version of the Wallaceburg Swing Bridge in Ontario. Interestingly, both the Wallaceburg Swing Bridge and the Manistee Swing Bridge were both originally owned by the C&O Railroad. This makes one wonder if the C&O railroad had a preference for plate girder swing bridges over other types of movable bridges. Both of these bridges retain a C&O railroad logo painted on them.
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