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Dickerson Creek Railroad Bridge

Dickerson Creek Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Randy Mulder

Bridge Documented: May 24, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Abandoned) Over Dickerson Creek
Location
Rural: Ionia County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Stone Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This area was once known as Kiddville, over 100 years ago.

This bridge can be easy to miss if one is not aware of it. Heading east on Long Lake Road (Kidd Street in Belding) our of Belding, cross the Flat River bridge, then there is a crossing of the former Mid-Michigan Railroad, which was abandoned after 2006 and the tracks removed. It will become a rail-trail. Next to it on the south side of the road is a small parking area with a trail heading south. About 700 feet or so south along a trail over an old railway embankment is the bridge. The area around the bridge is part of the Flat River State Game Area, which has its headquarters just to the east on Long Lake Road.

From the parking area, the recently abandoned right-of-way heads north and also passes just to the west as it curves southwest into Belding. The long abandoned route that the stone bridge is on looks like a forgotten spur branching off south and east, but it was actually the original line from Ionia which continued north to Greenville. The connection to Belding came after, eventually reaching Lowell further south, and survived as the active line until 5 years ago, while the original Ionia segment was apparently abandoned 70 years ago.

The bridge is an uncommon sight in Michigan, a multi-span stone arch bridge. The bridge contains two semicircular stone arch  spans. The arches appear to be in good condition but there is some abutment wingwall deterioration.

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