This bridge was the first bridge to be placed in Calhoun County's Historic Bridge Park. It is a half-hip Pratt pony truss. It is composed of four panels making up a 64 foot bridge. The width of the deck is 14 feet. The bridge was built in 1897 by the Michigan Bridge Company. It features pinned connections, and has v-lacing on the verticals and under the top chord. There are a number of remaining half-hip pony truss bridges left in Michigan, although few are preserved, and most are abandoned. The preservation of this bridge is important because it is a representative example of a once-common type of bridge that is quickly disappearing.
Information and Findings From Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory
The following description credited to Elaine Davis.
Formerly spanning the Rabbit River in Hopkins Township, Allegan
County,Michigan, the bridge is known today as the 133rd Avenue Bridge.
It was built in 1897 by the Michigan Bridge Company of Portland,
Michigan,owned by Samuel S. Ramsey and his son, Claude. In 1993, the
bridge was considered unable to support vehicular traffic and was closed
while the county scheduled the bridge for replacement.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Reused
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