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Cheboygan River Railroad Bridge

Cheboygan River Railroad Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Luke Gordon and Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 9, 2005 and September 6, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Rail-Trail) Over Cheboygan River
Location
Rural: Cheboygan County, Michigan: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1904 By Builder/Contractor: American Bridge Company of New York, New York

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
130 Feet (40 Meters)
Structure Length
138 Feet (42 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a warren through truss with riveted connections. It has v-lacing on a couple diagonals, the bottom chord, and on all struts and lateral bracing above the deck. One cracked plaque survives on the bridge, crediting the American Bridge Company of New York with building the bridge in 1904. The American Bridge company would have only been around for a handful of years, so this is an early example of the conglomerate company's work. The American Bridge Company was formed from a number of smaller bridge companies, including the well known Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The American Bridge Company was a part of US Steel, and went on to build countless other bridges, including the Mackinac Bridge. This railroad bridge now serves as a snowmobile rail-trial. No repairs or repainting of the superstructure was done as part of the conversion. The wooden railings placed on the bridge have a gaudy appearance and detract from the visual qualities of the structure. Metal pole railings might have been a better option here, as they would have blended into the trusses better.


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