Built in 1900 by the American Bridge Company, this is one of the first bridges ever built by the prolific bridge builder, constructed in the company's first year of operation. The company was formed by buying up a bunch of smaller bridge companies to form one big company. In the first couple years of the company's existence, its operation strongly relied on the existing facilities and practices of the companies it had absorbed. Evidence of that is found in the builder plaque for this bridge that lists not only the American Bridge Company name, but states "Lassig Branch, Chicago, Ill." This refers to what was previously Lassig Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois that was bought by the American Bridge Company. Indeed, the plaque on this bridge still has the shape of a Lassig Bridge and Iron Works plaque, rather than the American Bridge Company style plaque the company would later adopt.
The bridge is a high level deck plate girder bridge supported by steel bents, a traditional type of bridge for high level railroad crossings often called "steel trestle" bridges. Given that only certain areas of Michigan display the topography that necessitates this type of bridge, this is a rare bridge variety in Michigan. Most examples of this type are, like this bridge, located in the Upper Penninsula.
This bridge is located in a scenic park setting next to a waterfall. The bridge is today serving a ORV and snowmobile trail.
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