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Michigan Railway (Interurban Electric)
City or Area: Grand Rapids
River: Grand
Type: Swing (now fixed)
Year Built: 1915
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Built By: Michigan Railway
Other Information: The Michigan Railway built this swing bridge over the Grand River south of Wealthy Ave for the Kalamazoo and Holland interurbans. The bridge was first used in 1915 and at least one steamboat came up the river more than once requiring the bridge to swing open. The interurbans went bankrupt in the late 1920's and the NYC either purchased or leased the bridge enabling them to connect the old Michigan Central Jackson-Grand Rapids Brach (Grand River Valley Railroad) with the old Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids line on the west side of the river. The turntable is still in the abandoned bridge. The bridge is scheduled to be converted into a rails to trails pedestrian bridge. Information provided by Carl Bajema.
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The Michigan Railway Swing Bridge, c. 2001 [Tim Shanahan]

 

 

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