Near Lowell in Kent County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fallasburg Covered Bridge
John W. and Silas S. Fallas settled here in 1837, founding a village which soon boasted a chair factory, sawmill, and gristmill. About 1840 the first of several wooden bridges was placed across the Flat River, but all succumbed in a short time to high water and massive spring ice jams. Bridge builder Jared N. Bresee of Ada was given a contract in 1871 to build the present structure. Constructed at a cost of $1500, the bridge has lattice work trusses made of white pine timbers. As in all covered bridges, the roof and siding serve to protect the bridge timbers from rot. Repairs in 1905 and 1945 have kept the bridge safe for traffic for one hundred years.
Erected 1971 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 197.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges, and the Michigan Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 42° 58.824′ N, 85° 19.624′ W. Marker is near Lowell, Michigan, in Kent Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13701 Covered Bridge Road, Lowell MI 49331, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wesley Fallas House / John W. Fallas (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fallasburg Pioneer Village (approx. 0.3 miles away); White's Bridge (approx. 2.8 miles away); Alton Pioneer Village (approx. 2.8 miles away); Robert W. Graham Home (approx. 3.3 miles away); Vergennes United Methodist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Smyrna (approx. 6.3 miles away); Saranac (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
Also see . . .
1. Fallasburg Bridge. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.)
2. Fallasburg Historic Village. Fallasburg Historical Society (Submitted on May 11, 2012, by Cameron Zwart of Belding, Michigan.)
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