|August 2011 (42.307 Degrees, -85.136 Degrees) Gale Road Bridge|
Another through truss bridge in Calhoun County's Historic Bridge Park. The Gale Road Bridge originally crossed the Grand River in rural Ingham County, Michigan. It was built in 1897 by the Lafayette Bridge Company in Indiana. It is a skewed Pratt truss, which apparently is so rare that it is now the last one in Michigan. It is a seven panel bridge, with four laced posts in the middle, then rods, and with diagonal built-up members at the ends. The portal bracing was rebuilt using angles, supported by curlicued braces on the corners, and with a nice sign on top that says, '1897, Commissioner - Frank A Hoes, Clerk - W. H. Baldwin, Supervisor - C. H. Sibley.
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