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Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge

 
 
Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2017
1. Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Marker
Inscription.
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.
Sponsored by Shout for South Haven

 
Erected by Shout for South Haven & Michigan Maritime Museum.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, near "Captain Lou's" parking lot, and just west of the current South Haven Drawbridge on Dyckman Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 278 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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
Marker detail: Barney H. Dyckman: City Bridge Builder image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Barney H. Dyckman: City Bridge Builder
Barney H. Dyckman (1823-1890), was a South Haven resident who supervised the 1865 construction of the city's first wooden drawbridge. Born in New York, Dyckman served as a captain in the United States Army during the Civil War. Upon returning to South Haven, he became a real estate agent and investor.
(about 800 feet away); Algonquin Legends of South Haven (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corporal Duane E. Dewey (approx. mile away); Shipbuilding (approx. mile away); Downtown's Rich History (approx. 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
Marker detail: Accident closes bridge in 1941 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Accident closes bridge in 1941
In 1941, a 45-ton steam shovel caused major damage to the iron swing bridge. A temporary walkway was constructed until the bridge was repaired.
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.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Marker detail: 1889 Iron Swing Bridge image. Click for full size.
July 24, 2017
4. Marker detail: 1889 Iron Swing Bridge
This iron swing bridge was built in 1889 and replaced by the current bridge in 1968.
Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Marker (<i>wide view; looking across Dyckman Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 24, 2017
5. Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge Marker (wide view; looking across Dyckman Avenue)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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