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White's Bridge, Spanning Flat River, White's Bridge Road, Smyrna, Ionia County, MI



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Location
White's Bridge Road, Smyrna, MI

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MI-331
Building/structure dates: 1869 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1936 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1967 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1991 subsequent work
Significance: White's Bridge is one of two surviving examples of a Brown truss covered bridge in the United States. Patented by Josiah Brown Jr. in 1857, the Brown truss represents a mid-nineteenth century flowering of innovation in American timber bridge design.

Subjects
Covered Bridges
Transportation


Related Names
Brown, Josiah
Bresee, Jared N.
Walker, Joseph H.


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
PERSPECTIVE, 320 DEGREES, NORTHWEST.
OBLIQUE PERSPECTIVE, DUE NORTH.
STRUCTURAL DETAIL, LOOKING NORTH.
LOWER CHORD STRUCTURAL DETAIL
SOUTH ABUTMENT, DETAIL. NOTE MISSING STRUT TO LEFT.
SOUTH PORTAL PERSPECTIVE, LOOKING NORTH.
SOUTH PORTAL ELEVATION.
INTERIOR FROM MID-SPAN, LOOKING SOUTH.
INTERIOR, NORTH PORTAL.
OBLIQUE PERSPECTIVE, LOOKING SOUTH.
BELOW DECK, LOOKING SOUTH.
NORTH PORTAL ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTH.
PERSPECTIVE, SOUTH.
BELOW DECK, LOOKING SOUTH.


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