Grosse Ile in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Times of Change
for the Wayne County Bridge
Grosse Ile was an isolated farming community,
accessible from the mainland only on boats (or ice in the winter) until this bridge was built about 1871. As part of a railroad that was built across Grosse Ile and the Detroit River and into Canada, the bridge opened up transportation for residents and visitors. When the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge for automobiles was built at the island's north end in 1913, the railroad lost business and closed in 1928. This bridge and railway was converted to road traffic in 1931 and this Wayne County Bridge is now often called the "Fee Bridge."
You Auto Know
About three-quarters of the traffic to and from Grosse Ile crosses at the Wayne County Bridge.
Erected by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
Location. 42° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grosse Ile MI 48138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Michigan Wyandot and Monguagon / Battle of Monguagon (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historical Shipyard Site (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Old Burial Ground (approx. one mile away); The Detroit River / Detroit River Recovery (approx. one mile away); First Trenton High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Wagstaff-Duddleston Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Recording Movements (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rails Through Grosse Ile (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grosse Ile.
Also see . . . Wayne County Bridge. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 10, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 10, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 10, 2020, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.