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Near Fennville in Allegan County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge

 
 
Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
1. Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge Marker
Inscription. Spanning the Kalamazoo River, this 422-foot bridge is one of Michiganís longest pony truss highway bridges, and among the oldest surviving swing bridges in the United States. The Milwaukee Bridge and Iron Company fabricated the $5,000 structure, which has four primary and eight short approach spans, to serve traffic on Fifty-Seventh Street near New Richmond. Of the four primary Warren pony truss spans, three date from 1879 (including an 89-foot long swing span) and one from 1899. To allow boats to pass, a bridge tender rotated open the swing span. The bridge was closed to motor vehicles in 1997 and rehabilitated for use by pedestrians in 2003. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
 
Erected 2006 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L589.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 39.134′ N, 86° 6.414′ W. Marker is near Fennville, Michigan, in Allegan County. Marker can be reached from Old Allegan Road 0.3 miles east of 58th Street. Click for map. Marker is located near the north entrance to New Richmond Bridge County Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fennville MI 49408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
2. Historic Civil Engineering Landmark Plaque
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New Richmond History (a few steps from this marker); The Railroad & New Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); New Richmond Historical Timeline (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Allegan Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); Welcome to River Bluff Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Welcome to Fennville (approx. 4 miles away); All Saints Episcopal Church / Gordon W. Lloyd (approx. 4.8 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fennville.
 
Regarding Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge. The Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers designated the 57th Street Bridge as a Michigan Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 2010.
 
Also see . . .
1. New Richmond Bridge County Park. Official County website, includes photos of 57th Street Bridge restoration. (Submitted on May 9, 2014.) 

2. New Richmond Bridge / 57th Street Bridge. From the HistoricBridges.org website. (Submitted on May 9, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
3. Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge Marker
Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
4. Fifty-Seventh Street Bridge Marker
View to the south
57th Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
5. 57th Street Bridge
View to southwest from north bank of Kalamazoo River
Kalamazoo River image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
6. Kalamazoo River
View to southeast from 57th Street Bridge
57th Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 6, 2014
7. 57th Street Bridge
View to south from north landing of bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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