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Croswell in Sanilac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Croswell's Swinging Bridge

 
 
Croswell's Swinging Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 21, 2015
1. Croswell's Swinging Bridge Marker
Inscription. This suspension footbridge over the Black River was built in 1905 using cables provided by Michigan Sugar Company. It was constructed to provide convenient access to the popular River Bend Park from the east and as a more direct route for workers to reach their jobs at the sawmill and sugar factory east of the River. Initially, the bridge consisted simply of two cables with boards attached. Two additional cables and fencing were added later to provide handrails and stabilize the bridge, significantly upgrading safety (although the name “Swinging Bridge” is still descriptive). For many years, a sign at the west entrance to the bridge admonished, “Love Ye One Another;” similarly, a sign at the east entrance reads, “Be Good To Your Mother-in-Law.” The Croswell Swinging Bridge has the distinction of being the longest suspension footbridge in Michigan.
 
Erected by Sanliac County Historical Society and Citizens First Savings Charitable Foundation.
 
Location. 43° 16.543′ N, 82° 37.354′ W. Marker is in Croswell, Michigan, in Sanilac County. Marker can be reached from Maple Street 0.1 miles west of North Howard Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Croswell MI 48422, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Croswell's Swinging Bridge Marker and Rebecca's & Goodfellows Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 21, 2015
2. Croswell's Swinging Bridge Marker and Rebecca's & Goodfellows Plaque
Plaque text: Thank you for the generous donation you gave on Dec. 18, 2006 for the repairs to Croswell’s Famous Swinging Bridge
The Oddfellows were the Original Builders of the Swinging Bridge
Croswell’s Parks & Recreation
At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trinity Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sanilac County Sesquicentennial Celebration (approx. 4.6 miles away); Old Town Hall and Masonic Temple (approx. 4.6 miles away); a different marker also named Trinity Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Patrick J. Tierney (approx. 4.9 miles away); The Great Storm of 1913 (approx. 9.7 miles away); Museum Church (approx. 11 miles away); Platt's General Store (approx. 11 miles away).
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
Croswell's Swinging Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 21, 2015
3. Croswell's Swinging Bridge and Marker
Croswell's Swinging Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 21, 2015
4. Croswell's Swinging Bridge
Croswell's Swinging Bridge Sign image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 21, 2015
5. Croswell's Swinging Bridge Sign
Directional sign at the northwest corner of Maple Street and North Howard Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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