Located in Calhoun County's Historic Bridge Park, this is a bridge that was already here when Historic Bridge Park was created. In fact, with a construction date of 1892, the bridge is among the oldest bridges in Calhoun County. This bridge is very unusual. It appears to have originally been built as a stone arch bridge to carry one set of tracks. Later, when a second set of tracks were added, the bridge was widened on one side using concrete arch construction. 1892 is the date that Calhoun County gives for this bridge, which applies to the stone arch half of this highly unusual bridge. The side shown in the photo above is the stone arch bridge, however the other half of the bridge is concrete, and is likely newer. This bridge is also strange in that it is two span, and each span crosses a separate feature, which happen to be side by side. The large arch spans the road that once ran through here and is now a bike path, while the smaller span goes over the adjacent Dickinson Creek. It is fortunate that this interesting bridge is part of Historic Bridge Park, where people can appreciate it. Amtrak train sightings are common here as Amtrak runs its Detroit-Chicago route on these tracks. Norfolk Southern supposedly also runs on them as well.
Below are historical photos of the bridge from the Willard Library Digital Collections.
Above: This photo was listed as a ca. 1909 photo. Note that the concrete half of the bridge was already in place at this time.
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