This bridge is noteworthy as an example of Luten bridge technology in Michigan. As such, it is locally significant. Sadly, the aesthetic qualities of this bridge were largely destroyed when the original balustrade railings were removed from the bridge. This limits the value of this bridge on a national scale. Preservation of this bridge could include removing the existing railings and placing replications of the original railings, which would bring this bridge back to glory as a noteworthy and beautiful historic bridge. A historical postcard of the bridge with original railings is shown below.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
The American Legion Memorial Bridge qualifies for the National Register
as a significant memorial bridge and for its connection with Daniel
Luten, a prominent bridge engineer.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Luten
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