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Cass Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: November 6, 2021

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cass Street Over Kalamazoo River
Location
Albion: Calhoun County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1896 By Builder/Contractor: Robert Dunn and Company of Detroit, Michigan and Engineer/Design: Keepers and Thacher of Detroit, Michigan
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
51.8 Feet (15.8 Meters)
Structure Length
155.8 Feet (47.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
1391

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This bridge has been altered, resulting in a severe loss of historic integrity and significance!

Bridge Status: Only some stones, apparently from the historic bridge, and the plaque survive as pieces on a replacement bridge dating to 1996!

This is a non-historic replacement bridge, but it appears the original stones from a previous historic stone arch bridge were placed on the replacement bridge as decorations! Please see the HAER documentation for photos of the historic bridge prior to demolition. This bridge is only listed because the stone fascia on the replacement bridge resembles the shape of the historic bridge and the original plaque survives. This should NOT be interpreted as an endorsement of what happened here. The rare stone arch bridge should have and could have been restored and preserved in-kind. Indeed the photos show that the replacement bridge is of poor construction quality compared to the historic bridge... some of the stones are already falling off the bridge at a pier point.

The engineer for the historic bridge, Keepers and Thacher went on to build early concrete arch bridges using Melan reinforcing including several spans built in 1897 in Topeka, Kansas. Little is known about this company which operated from only 1894 to 1899 when Thacher went on to form other companies. A curious reference to the Detroit Bridge and Iron Works appeared in Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Volume 45 page 634, where it is stated in an obituary for an engineer who was in charge of the Cass Street Bridge for the company, Marc J. Reiseger, "in 1894 secured a position with Keepers and Thatcher Wynkoop, better known as the Detroit Bridge and Iron Works of Detroit, Mich., which firm subsequently became Keepers and Thatcher. This would seem to imply that Keepers and Thatcher was an engineering branch of Detroit Bridge and Iron Works, however this statement has not been seen elsewhere. Also curious is the reference to an earlier name of the company, Keepers, Wynkoop, and Thatcher. It is not known if this is a coincidence, but around this time, there was an agent for the Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon Ohio based out of Toledo named Wynkoop and McGormley who built several bridges in Michigan. It is not known if these names are related. The "Thacher" in the name refers to the famous (but often mispelled) engineer Edwin Thacher who invented the Thacher truss, but later became a builder of concrete Melan arch bridges. Please see the Parshallburg Bridge page for more information about Edwin Thacher. Little is known about the other half of the company, A. H. Keepers.

 

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