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Near Dexter in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Delhi Bridge

 
 
Delhi Bridge Marker side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, October 11, 2012
1. Delhi Bridge Marker side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
The Delhi Bridge was one of many Pratt through truss iron bridges built to order by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, between 1876 and 1899 to span the Huron River. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. Once common in Michigan, few bridges of this type survived into the twenty-first century. Built to serve the thriving agricultural village of Delhi Mills, it replaced earlier wooden foot and wagon bridges that crossed the river at a traditional ford. In the 1870s Delhi Mills was home to two flouring mills, a saw and woolen mill, a plaster mill, a train depot, a grocery store and a school. As electricity supplanted water power in the early twentieth century, many mill towns fell into decline, including Delhi Mills.

(side 2)
On June 6, 1917, a powerful tornado swept through Washtenaw County, severely damaging Delhi Mills and the Delhi Bridge. The Washtenaw County Red Cross was created that summer to aid the victims of the tornado. Torn from its abutments, the bridge was tossed into the river below. According to local tradition, Edward Outwater and Eli Gallup used a team of horses to salvage the bridge. The bridge reopened the following year. The bridge was closed between 2005 and 2009 and then rehabilitated in response to the efforts of the East Delhi
Delhi Bridge Marker side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, October 11, 2012
2. Delhi Bridge Marker side 2
Bridge Conservancy. The work maintained the bridges original one-lane design and retained its classic Pratt through truss plan, ensuring its continued viability and preserving its aesthetics.
 
Erected 2012 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2227.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.999′ N, 83° 48.568′ W. Marker is near Dexter, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on North Delhi Road south of West Huron River Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ann Arbor MI 48103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Webster United Church of Christ (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Dexter Depot / Track Pans (approx. 3.8 miles away); Dexter Area Civil War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); In memory of all Veterans (approx. 4.5 miles away); Michigan Central Railroad Depot (approx. 4.7 miles away); Allen Creek Valley Shapes the Town (approx. 4.8 miles away); St. Thomas the Apostle Church (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dexter.
 
Regarding Delhi Bridge.
Delhi Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, October 11, 2012
3. Delhi Bridge and Marker
Date Built: 04/12/1888
Length of Span: appoximately 110 feet
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & Commerce
 
Delhi Bridge cica 2006 image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, August 30, 2006
4. Delhi Bridge cica 2006
Before repair work.
Delhi Bridge Manufacture plate image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, October 11, 2012
5. Delhi Bridge Manufacture plate
Delhi Bridge looking north image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, October 11, 2012
6. Delhi Bridge looking north
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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