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Dix Bascule Bridge, Spanning Rouge River at Dix Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, MI



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Item Title


Location
Spanning Rouge River at Dix Avenue, Detroit, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MI-32
Building/structure dates: 1926 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1984 subsequent work
Significance: The Dix Bascule Bridge is the newest of three double-leaf trunnion drawbridges constructed over the Rouge River in the 1920's. It is important in local history for its relation to the economic development of the Detroit area. This drawbridge allows Great Lake ore boats to supply steel mills and foundries, specifically the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge complex to which it is adjacent. It is a simple trunnion bascule and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. An important feature of this bridge is its beautiful balustrade approach railings which must be replaced because of their structural inadequacy.

Subjects
Bascule Bridges
Pedestrian Bridges
Vehicular Bridges


Related Names
Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company Of Milwaukee
Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company
Kuehne Electric Company Of Detroit
George P. Cullen Incorporated Of Chicago


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW EAST, ELEVATION OF WEST FASCIA ON NORTH APPROACH
2. VIEW WEST, ELEVATION OF EAST FASCIA ON NORTH APPROACH
3. VIEW WEST, PORTION OF WEST BALUSTRADE RAILING ON NORTH APPROACH
4. VIEW WEST, SHOWING CONTROL TOWER ON NORTH SIDE OF BRIDGE
5. ViEW NORTHWEST, SHOWING CONTROL TOWER ON; SOUTH SIDE OF BRIDGE
6. VIEW WEST, SHOWING DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE IN CLOSED POSITION
7. VIEW WEST, PORTION OF EAST BALUSTRADE RAILING ON NORTH APPROACH
8. Photograph of a Photograph (original negative location unknown), photographed by Smith Brothers Commercial Photographers on August 30, 1927 VIEW NORTHWEST, SHOWING DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE IN CLOSED POSITION
9. Photograph of a Photograph (original negative location unknown), photographed by Smith Brothers Commercial Photographers on August 30, 1927 VIEW SOUTHEAST, SHOWING UPSTREAM SIDE OF BRIDGE IN OPEN POSITION
10. Photograph of a Photograph (original negative location unknown), photographed by Smith Brothers Commercia Photographers on July 18, 1927 VIEW NORTHEAST, SHOWING NORTHEAST APPROACH TO BRIDGE
11. Photograph of a Photograph (original negative location unknown), photographed by Smith Brothers Commercia! Photographers on August 22, 1928 VIEW NORTHWEST, SHOWING FREIGHTER (HENRY FORD II) PASSING THRU BRIDGE GOING DOWNSTREAM
12. Photograph of original contract drawing A313 showing details of the Balustrade Railing on the Northeast Wall of the Dix Avenue Bridge
13. Photograph of a Photograph (original negative location unknown), photographed by Smith Brothers Commercial Photographers on July 18, 1927 VIEW SOUTHWEST, SHOWING SOUTHWEST APPROACH TO BRIDGE


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