This bridge is a traditional movable bridge in Michigan: a deck plate girder bascule bridge that still operates frequently, usually for pleasure craft. Although the bridge superstructure retains good historic integrity, like most Michigan bascule bridges, the original railings have been destroyed. However, interestingly on this bridge, there is a design on the current railings that appears to have been based on the original railings of perhaps the bridge that existed before the bascule bridge. The railing design appears to simulate a rare and beautiful railing design that was used infrequently, but on a wide variety of bridge types in the late 19th and early 20th century. The railing is inappropriate for this bridge, however, since this bridge would have originally had Michigan's traditional R4 style railings.
Sandra Bush contacted the website and found an error in the MDOT History: project engineer named as N. F. Kinney in their text is actually supposed to be N. F. McKinney, her grandfather. The text below has been corrected to this.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
bascule bridge spans Island Lake Outlet, also known as the Pine River
Channel. The channel, which was dredged in 1870, connects Lake Michigan
to Lake Charlevoix via Round Lake, a popular harbor. The bridge carries
US-31 (Bridge Street) in downtown Charlevoix.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Arch Lattice Railing and Unorganized Photos
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