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Bucholtz Highway Private Bridge

Bucholtz Highway Private Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Private Field Crossing Over Little River Raisin South Branch
Rural: Lenawee County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Massillon Bridge Company of Massillon, Ohio, Smith - Wynkoop and McGormley Agents

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This private bridge is quite a jewel. To discuss its significance effectively, a comparison must be made to the Bach Driveway Bridges. Both of the Bach Driveway Bridges are very similar, but not exactly the same in appearance. Both have plaques on them. The plaques on one of the bridges is a shield-shaped plaque that lists no builder, but lists county officials. The other bridge has a square plaque that lists Wynkoop and McGormley as agents of the Toledo Massillon Bridge Co. These two bridges are private bridges also.

The Bucholtz Highway Private Bridge also has a plaque on it, and it is combination of the two Bach plaques. Having that shield-shaped appearance, the plaque lists Wynkoop and McGormley as contracting agents of the Massillon Bridge Co. This supports the idea that the both Bach Driveway Bridges were part of these Wynkoop and McGomley agents for the Massillon Bridge Co. This bridge is a three panel pin connected Pratt pony truss. Lattice guardrails are present on the bridge, and the deck, which is long gone, was most likely wood. Eyebars on this bridge are the looped variety. V-lacing is present on vertical members.

The bridge is in rather poor state. While the metal of the truss is in good condition despite a lack of paint, the abutment appears to be collapsing and there were trees growing through the bridge.


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