Location: Ontonagon River (DSSA) Bridge, Trout Creek, MI (Agate Falls)

Agate Falls Railroad Bridge

This fixed span bridge that was used by the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Ry. to go over the Ontonagon River valley and Agate Falls in Ontonagon County. Trains reportedly stopped on this bridge to give riders a spectacular view of the falls, which are among the most scenic in Michigan.  The railroad is gone but the bridge is still used by hikers/snowmobilers to cross the river and view the falls.

1900. The DSS&A built this trestle over the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River, next to Agate Falls in 1900. The trestle was constructed by the Lassig Branch of the American Bridge Company. It is 8' wide and 420' long and consists of eight steel deck girder spans on concrete abutments. It is 20' to 110' high. [UPM] It is said that South Shore trains would stop on the bridge to view Agate Falls. This bridge replaced a wooden structure.

Image Info/Credit:  Postcard view, date not known.