Although this bridge appears on the official 1995 Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory, this and the other bridge, Swan Creek Bridge #1, which is near this bridge have since been sold to the Twin Bridges Golf Course. Although one would assume this golf course was named after these bridges, it should be noted that neither of these bridges are actually on the course itself, which is south of these bridges, nor have they been preserved. These bridges sit in their original locations on the old alignment of Swan Creek Road. They and the roadway they are on is today private property and are not accessible to the public. These bridges would make a fine addition to any golf course, especially one named "Twin Bridges." However, these instead bridges sit rotting away and inaccessible.
In truth, these bridges are not really twins, and in fact are quite different. The 1995 Michigan Historic Bridge Inventory shows two Swan Creek Road truss bridges, one built in 1885 the other in 1887. Swan Creek Road Bridge #1 is more of a classic small Warren pony truss with riveted connections. Swan Creek Road Bridge #2 is an unusually short Pratt truss with riveted connections, and it is clearly a more unusual structure. The inventory did not specify which bridge was the 1885 bridge and which was the 1887 bridge. The dates are questionable anyway, since these bridges, with riveted connections, no unusual design details, and traditionally composed built-up beams look more like post-1900 bridges. Also note that although these bridges are on Swan Creek Road, they actually cross Beaver Creek and Beaver Creek Branch.
This is a four panel Pratt pony truss with riveted connections. It is unusual because although it is short, the height of the trusses is relatively high, giving the bridge an odd-looking shape. It also is somewhat unusual to see a full-slope design for a Pratt pony truss of this length. Another unusual design feature is the lattice guardrails, which are slightly different than the standard lattice. The bridge features a jack-arch deck, consisting of a curved corrugated steel base, with concrete poured above. The bridge sits on concrete abutments.
Original / Full Size Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Mobile Optimized Photos
|A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery features data-friendly, fast-loading photos in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer|
Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
View Bridge Location In:
© Copyright 2003-2020, HistoricBridges.org. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: HistoricBridges.org is a volunteer group of private citizens. HistoricBridges.org is NOT a government agency, does not represent or work with any governmental agencies, nor is it in any way associated with any government agency or any non-profit organization. While we strive for accuracy in our factual content, HistoricBridges.org offers no guarantee of accuracy. Information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Information could include technical inaccuracies or errors of omission. Opinions and commentary are the opinions of the respective HistoricBridges.org member who made them and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone else, including any outside photographers whose images may appear on the page in which the commentary appears. HistoricBridges.org does not bear any responsibility for any consequences resulting from the use of this or any other HistoricBridges.org information. Owners and users of bridges have the responsibility of correctly following all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, regardless of any HistoricBridges.org information.