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This is a list of all 12 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state Michigan. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1929 Ambassador
Detroit, Michigan, USA and Windsor, Ontario, Canada (Detroit River)
Bridgemeister ID:160
Structurae ID:0000532
Coordinates:N 42.31210 W 83.07402
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, AMB, GBD, PTS2
Principals:Jonathan Jones, McClintic-Marshall
Use:Vehicular (major highway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,850f
Deck width:55f

Notes
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1939 Black River Harbor
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:1045
Coordinates:N 46.66608 W 90.04611
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:CCC
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:193f
Notes
  • Reconstructed, 1968, but appears to have retained its original appearance.
  • Tom Haapoja provided information about this bridge. His father worked on its construction: "Built in 1938-39. They had a sawmill on site from which they took 'select' lumber for the bridge and boat docking area. I think the sawmill was located on the present-day parking lot. Each anchor for the suspension cables consisted of 44 tons of concrete. The concrete was transported to the forms via wheelbarrows. The construction of the East anchor was difficult because the wheelbarrows travelled uphill, and each were pushed by one man and pulled by another."

    "It was a WPA and CCC effort. The CCC Camp discipline and logistics were provided by the US Army, but the construction supervision was provided by the WPA. About 200 Men from the Norrie CCC camp (Ironwood, Michigan) participated in the construction of the bridge and surrounding park. They worked during the cold of winter and rode to and from Camp Norrie in open trucks. Each trip took 1 1/2 hours. The architect of the bridge was 'Oakey' Johnson. The WPA construction foreman was 'Charlie' Johnson."
Photo by Tom Haapoja
1957 Mackinac (Mighty Mac)
St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Michigan, USA (Straits of Mackinac)
Bridgemeister ID:210
Structurae ID:0000141
O'Donnell ID:607
Coordinates:N 45.820533 W 84.727667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:ADDS, BBR, BC3, BFL, BLD, BMA, COB, GBD, LAB, MACB, MM, WOT
Principals:David B. Steinman
Use:Vehicular (four-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:3,800f
Side spans:2 x 1,800f
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Daniel Kostrubiec Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Bad Axe vicinity, Michigan, USA
Bridgemeister ID:2484
Coordinates:N 43.78363 W 82.94364
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Extant (last checked, 2008)
Photo by Richard Ehrenberg
(footbridge)
Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA (Eastman Springs)
Bridgemeister ID:2411
Use:Footbridge
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Deer Park vicinity, Michigan, USA (Two Hearted River - North Country Trail)
Bridgemeister ID:1834
Coordinates:N 46.69857 W 85.422817
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Dexter vicinity, Michigan, USA (Mill Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1483
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by William Bridges
(footbridge)
Presque Isle Falls vicinity, Michigan, USA (Presque Isle River - Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1197
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use
(footbridge)
Richfield Center, Michigan, USA (Flint River - Richfield Park)
Bridgemeister ID:821
Use:Footbridge
Little Mac
Marilla vicinity, Michigan, USA (Manistee River)
Bridgemeister ID:1316
O'Donnell ID:606
Coordinates:N 44.3654 W 85.826467
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:167f
Notes
  • This is the third Michigan suspension footbridge I've found nicknamed "Little Mac".
  • Stephen Quintana writes: "One of my first projects was to be the inspector on the construction of this bridge. This was somewhere between 1994 and 1996. I remember the contractor's only experience with any Forest Service projects was installing some toilets for us. He had never done anything like this before. I wasn't on the job site the day he pulled the cables across the river, so I asked him how he did it. He said he used a fishing pole with a small weight and cast it across the river. Then he used that to pull a larger rope, then a much larger rope, then finally the cables. I thought they did a pretty good job on this bridge. I remember the cost was somewhere around $100,000 for this project."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Little Mac
Reed City, Michigan, USA (Hersey River)
Bridgemeister ID:1055
O'Donnell ID:605
Coordinates:N 43.88466 W 85.51286
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:150f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Swinging
Iron Mountain, Michigan, USA (Twin Falls vicinity)
Bridgemeister ID:259
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg

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