This bridge is next to the restored 57th Street Bridge. It, like the 57th Street Bridge, was a swing bridge. The mechanics have long since been removed however, and to the casual onlooker it has the appearance of a simple deck plate girder bridge. Only an extra pier under one of the spans, which was the swing pier, gives away this bridge's past. The main gear is also under this bridge at that pier as well, but can be difficult to see. The bridge was built in 1907 by the American Bridge Company according to a plaque on the bridge. The bridge is still used by trains.
Jim Thias contacted HistoricBridges.org with an additional discovery. He has found an additional builder plaque on this plaque, a 1896 Detroit Bridge and Iron Works plaque, located on the east side of the bridge, closer to the south side of the river. It is likely when the railroad built this bridge in 1907, they reused this 1896 span, perhaps salvaged from a bridge elsewhere.
Above: The 1907 American Bridge Company plaque.
Above: Views of the 1896 Detroit Bridge and Iron Works builder plaque. Photo Credit: Jim Thias
Above: Photo of surviving swing span gears. Photo Credit: Jim Thias
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