South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge
Today, crossing the Black River is a far simpler task than in the past. Early travelers relied on ferryboats to transport them across the river until 1856, when a wooden drawbridge was constructed. From 1889 until 1968, an iron swing bridge connected the north and south banks of the river. The current structure, completed in 1968, was Michigan's first hydraulic bridge.
Erected by Shout for South Haven & Michigan Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts.
Location. 42° 24.403′ N, 86° 16.429′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Dyckman Avenue east of Black River Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near "Captain Lou's" parking lot, and just west of the current South Haven Drawbridge on Dyckman Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 278 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of Commercial Fishing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Evelyn S (about 400 feet away); Haven Peaches (about 600 feet away); South Haven World War I Memorial (about 800 feet away); Algonquin Legends of South Haven (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corporal Duane E. Dewey (approx. ¼ mile away); Shipbuilding (approx. ¼ mile away); Downtown's Rich History (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high posts. Marker is part of South Haven's Harbor Walk series.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. South Haven Harbor Walk
Also see . . .
1. Dyckman Avenue over Black River: A Movable Bridge Rehabilitation. (This detailed project presentation for rehabilitation of the current bridge contains some historical pictures as well as detailed information about the current bridge.) The Four Movable Bridges at Dyckman Avenue crossing of the Black River: (1) 1856: timber drawbridge, (2) 1877: timber drawbridge, (3) 1890: steel truss swing bridge, and (4) Current bridge, 1967: Double Bascule Span (Submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. South Haven Harbor Walk. This South Haven Harbor Walk map shows the location of this and other historical markers in South Haven. (Submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 6. submitted on May 20, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.