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Escanaba Railroad Bridge

CN Railway Bridge 117.01

Escanaba Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 25, 2011 and October 22, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Canadian National) Over Escanaba River
Location
Escanaba: Delta County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1892 By Builder/Contractor: Lassig Bridge and Iron Works of Chicago, Illinois
Rehabilitation Date
1943
Main Span Length
67.6 Feet (20.6 Meters)
Structure Length
675.0 Feet (205.7 Meters)
Roadway Width
10 Feet (3.05 Meters)
Spans
10 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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View A Historical Article About Moritz Lassig, Founder of Lassig Bridge and Iron Works

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.

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