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Lake Street Bridge, Spanning Ruddiman Creek at Lake Shore Drive, Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI



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Item Title
Lake Street Bridge, Spanning Ruddiman Creek at Lake Shore Drive, Muskegon, Muskegon County, MI

Location
Spanning Ruddiman Creek at Lake Shore Drive, Muskegon, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MI-15
Building/structure dates: 1891 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1986
Significance: The Lake Street stone arch vehicular bridge in Muskegon, Michigan, is significant because it is representative of a brief period in the evolution in design of American bridges. Relatively few stone bridges were constructed in the nation during the era from 1867 to 1897, and fewer still remain as examples of this type of construction. Presently, only a half dozen remain in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The difficulty and time involved in construction such spans, and the cost to do so, limited the number actually built. The Lake Street Bridge is a remnant of a distinctive method of construction which flourishes only briefly and sporadically in the Great Lakes area during the last half of the nineteenth century. The concrete pedestrian bridge serves a utilitarian purpose providing a safe means for pedestrians to cross Ruddiman Creek. It also provides an undisturbed place from which to view the above stone arch bridge at close range, as well as the scenic views of Ruddiman Creek and Muskegon Lake.

Subjects
Masonry
Civil Engineering
Pedestrian Bridges


Related Names
Riggs & Sherman
Markle Cement Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. SOUTH LONGITUDINAL ELEVATION, VIEW LOOKING NORTH
2. SHORELINE AND ABUTMENTS, VIEW LOOKING NORTHEAST
3. CLOSE-UP VIEW OF SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH
4. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTHWEST WING WALL, LOOKING NORTHWEST
5. DETAIL VIEW OF STONEWORK AND ARCH, SOUTH ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST
6. DETAIL VIEW OF SOUTHEAST WING WALL AT JUNCTURE WITH EAST ABUTMENT, LOOKING NORTHWEST
7. NORTH (LONGITUDINAL) ELEVATION AND CONCRETE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, VIEW LOOKING SOUTH
8. PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AND ABUTMENTS, VIEW LOOKING SOUTHEAST
9. PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE WALKWAY, VIEW LOOKING EAST
10. DETAIL VIEW OF PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE WALLS, LOOKING NORTHEAST
11. DETAIL VIEW OF NORTH ELEVATION ARCH AND WING WALL AT JUNCTURE WITH PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
12. GENERAL VIEW OF BRIDGE AT STREET LEVEL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
13. SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD AND BRIDGE AT STREET LEVEL, VIEW LOOKING WEST
14. VIEW, AT STREET LEVEL, OF STONE WALL AND METAL RAILING ON NORTH SIDE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
15. DETAIL VIEW, AT STREET LEVEL, OF REMAINING STONE POST ON NORTH SIDE, STONE WALL AND METAL RAILING ON SOUTH SIDE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
16. DETAIL VIEW, AT STREET LEVEL, OF STONE WALL ON SOUTH SIDE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
17. VIEW, AT STREET LEVEL, OF STONE WALL AND METAL RAILING ON SOUTH SIDE OF BRIDGE, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
18. DETAIL VIEW OF REMAINING STONE POST, NORTHWEST CORNER
19. ELEVATION, Set No. 1
20. ELEVATION, Set No. 2
21. LONGITUDINAL SECTION, Set No. 2
22. DETAIL OF PLATFORM OF GRILLAGE, OVER PILING AND TRANSVERSE SECTION, Set No. 1
23. TRANSVERSE SECTION, Set No. 2
24. FOUNDATION PLAN, Set No. 1
25. FOUNDATION PLAN, Set No. 2
26. HALF PLAN, Set No.. 1
27. HALF PLAN, Set No. 2


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