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Dixon's Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Norfolk Southern) Over Dickinson Creek and Bridge Park Trail
Rural: Calhoun County, Michigan: United States
Structure Type
Stone Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1892 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
10 Feet (3.05 Meters)
Structure Length
40 Feet (12.19 Meters)
Roadway Width
60 Feet (18.29 Meters)
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

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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