Historic Bridge Park: 5 Restored Truss Bridges in One Location

Fans of old bridges will love Historic Bridge Park, appropriately named given that it’s the retirement home for five restored Calhoun County, Michigan, metal truss bridges, plus a historic stone arch railroad bridge, all integrated into a footpath that winds through fields of black-eyed susans, queen anne’s lace, cow vetch and cattails.

133rd Avenue Bridgeblack-eyed susan

The footpath

As we walked along the Historic Bridge Park path, situated along the Kalamazoo River and Dickinson Creek, on a Sunday morning, we crossed paths with several joggers, as well as a photographer photographing a teenage girl under the Dixon’s Bridge, a perfect backdrop for the girl’s senior class pictures. Beyond the railroad bridge, the trail feeds into the County Linear Trailway, a 5.28 mile crushed stone path that links to the Battle Creek Linear Trail and the North County Trailway.

Stone arch bridge

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The bridges

During restoration of the bridges, which were originally built between 1880 and 1906, as much of the original material as possible was used, and replacement parts were replicated to match the originals.

Charlotte Highway BridgeBauer Road Bridge

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In addition to the bridges, a sculpture dedicated to the historic bridge project was created by Vernon Mesler, who directed the project.

sculpture

If you go

Historic Bridge Park, located at 14930 9 Mile Road in Emmett Township, about five miles southwest of Battle Creek, Michigan, is open year-round from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no admission fee. Picnic tables, running water restrooms, a playground, and trout fishery are available. Check the web site for further details.

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4 thoughts on “Historic Bridge Park: 5 Restored Truss Bridges in One Location

  • September 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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    Love the Truss bridges in your photos!!!! Found some pretty ones down in Texas too. Keep exploring!

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  • September 23, 2015 at 11:06 am
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    I love these bridges! Taking photos of them can be difficult, but you’ve captured them brilliantly…just gorgeous!

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  • May 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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    My family used to come to this park when it was entered via the covered bridge and a small county park. We remember when a rope hung and we could swing into the river. My mother (88), brother and I just visited today and this park is beautiful!! We loved seeing all the bridges, and I can’t wait to take a walk through the entire park paths. Park (including restrooms) is so clean and nice. Playground is awesome, except that there are no swings. Loved it!!!

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    • May 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm
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      You’re right. Thinking about it, there is no playground. It sure is beautiful, though, with all the bridges. A rope to swing into the river sounds like so much fun.

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