This bridge is one of only two lattice truss bridges in the entire state of Michigan. The other one is a single span bridge. This bridge, a ten span structure, is among the longest railroad truss bridges in Michigan. The bridge was originally built as a five span structure on stone piers to serve the Chicago and Northwestern Railway, a railroad company noted for its use of lattice truss bridges. In 1943, the bridge was split into 10 spans when additional bents were added. The truss spans were essentially cut in half and new end posts and portal bracing were installed at these points. These alterations are themselves so old and unusual that they themselves are historic and they do not detract from the very high level of historic significance that this bridge displays.
The owner of this bridge, Canadian National Railway, has applied for a permit from the Army Corp of Engineers to demolish and replace this historic bridge. Given the great level of historic significance of the bridge this is extremely alarming. Serious questions as to the purpose of doing this remain, including why the railroad needs a new bridge here when they can simply use another newer railroad bridge located a few miles north of this bridge. This other bridge and railroad line is connected to the railroad line that the lattice truss is on on both sides of the river.
The below postcard shows the bridge before its five spans were split into ten spans.
Image courtesy of the Escanaba Postcard Museum - www.eskycards.com.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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