Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway / Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway Bridge
The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway organized on May 27, 1869. The railroad's main line linked Buffalo, New York, with Chicago. The railroad played a vital role in transporting not only passengers, but also the materials that fed the nation's burgeoning industries. Between 1873 and 1898, the L.S. & M.S. handled over 6 million tons of coal and 15 million tons of ore. The railway merged with the New York Central in 1914.
This bridge, built in 1871-72 of sandstone from
Berea, Ohio, crosses Bean Creek on the main line of
the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway.
The span of the arch measures 60 feet. By 1892
of 223 bridges over 1413 miles of track along the
line, only 22 were built of stone. Stone arch
bridges are rare in Michigan. This bridge and
one near Adrian are the state's oldest examples.
The bridge was removed from rail service in 1962.
Erected 2006 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1142.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts
Location. 41° 51.32′ N, 84° 21.089′ W. Marker is in Hudson, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on East Main Street, on the right when traveling west. The marker is a few feet north of Main Street along the Bean Creek path. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson MI 49247, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Old Town Clock (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Patriots Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Maple Grove Cemetery Veterans Memorial Bench (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birth Place of Will Carleton (approx. 1.9 miles away); Locust Corners Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); Squaw-Field (approx. 4.6 miles away); Clayton Veterans Memorial (approx. 6 miles away); Ramsdell Nature Park (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
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