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Mackinaw City in Emmet County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mackinac Bridge

Courageous Members of Organized Labor

 
 
Mackinac Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 9, 2006
1. Mackinac Bridge Marker
Mackinac is spelled with the French "ac," but pronounced "aw."
Inscription.
1954 – 1958
State of Michigan
Hon. G. Mennen Williams
Governor
Mackinac Bridge Authority
Prentiss M. Brown
Chairman
Charles T. Fisher, Jr. Deceased; George A. Osborn
Mead L. Bricker; Murray D. Van Wagoner
William J. Cochran; Fred M. Zeder Deceased
Charles M. Ziegler St Highway Commissioner 1950-57
John C. Mackie State Highway Commissioner 1957-
Lawrence A. Rubin Executive Secretary
Sanford A. Brown Treasurer
D. B. Steinman Consulting Engineer
Glenn B. Woodruff Consultant
Principal Contractors
Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation
American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel Corporation

Nearby marker
In memory of The Courageous Members of Organized Labor who lost their lives in the hazardous fight against the elements during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge

Albert B. Abbott, Jack C. Baker, Robert Koppen, James R. LeSarge, Frank Pepper

This plaque is dedicated by the Michigan State AFL-CIO,
June, 28, 1958,
Local Union No. 4, I. M. F. W. AFL-CIO
 
Erected 1958.
 
Location. 45° 47.273′ N, 84° 43.932′ 
Nearby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 9, 2006
2. Nearby Marker
W. Marker is in Mackinaw City, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker can be reached from North Huron Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is attached to a Mackinac Bridge pillar under Interstate 75. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinaw City MI 49701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Michilimackinac (approx. 0.2 miles away); Island-Hopping the Straits (approx. half a mile away); Old Mill Creek (approx. 4.2 miles away); Mackinac Straits (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Ignace (approx. 5.6 miles away); Round Island Lighthouse (approx. 6.8 miles away); American Fur Company Store (approx. 7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mackinaw City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Plaque Rededicated Honoring Workers. "On June 28, 1958, two 30 inch by 34 inch commemorative plaques were attached to Mackinac Bridge pillars south of the entrance to Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City as part of the formal dedication ceremonies of the Mackinac Bridge. One plaque honors the dignitaries responsible for financing and organizing this historic project and the other honors the five workers who lost their lives while constructing the Mackinac Bridge." (Submitted on August 5, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 
Underside of Approach Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 9, 2006
3. Underside of Approach Bridge
Plaques located in the distance (not shown).

2. MDOT-About the Bridge. (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
3. Mackinac Bridge. History, facts, and fatalities. (Submitted on August 11, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.) 

4. Mackinac Bridge Walk. Being a farm girl from Montana, I still think driving across Mackinac Bridge is a bit spooky. I have cousins that live in Michigan that take part in the Mackinac Bridge Walk every year. It takes about two hours to walk across. (Submitted on May 27, 2009, by Maria Krauth Minear of Hardin, Montana.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. About the Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge is currently the third longest suspension bridge in the world; the total length with approaches is 26,372 feet (5 miles). The height of the roadway at mid-span is approximately 200 feet above water level.
Source: Michigan DOT website
    — Submitted August 10, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Mackinac Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 9, 2006
4. Mackinac Bridge
Looking toward St. Ignace in the upper peninsula.
Mackinac Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, August 8, 2006
5. Mackinac Bridge
Photo taken at Bridge View Park, St. Ignace. Looking at the causeway and Mackinac Bridge to the lower peninsula (Mackinaw City). From the Michigan Department of Transportation website: "The sheer size and beauty of the Mackinac Straits Bridge still impress first-time viewers. The bridge's total length, 8614 feet, the longest in the western hemisphere, combined with towers standing 552 feet above the water line, a 155 feet clearance under the bridge, and a total weight of 11,840 tons, is indeed an impressive sight." When built it was the longest bridge in the world.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,069 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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