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Fallasburg Covered Bridge

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge - Kent County, Michigan

Photo by Stephen Path
Stephen Path Photography

   A sunny day in Michigan catches the old wooden planks on the Fallasburg Covered Bridge in a beautiful reflection with its series of darkened hues and accents. Here in the Fallasburg Historic District, the covered bridge is highlight of Fallasburg Park, a gathering place since 1928.
   One of four historic bridges in Michigan which are at least century old, the Fallasburg Covered Bridge still supports vehicular traffic. The Fallasburg Bridge may be the third span built over the Flat River, with the previous bridges damaged by high water and ice jams.
   It may be coincidence, but three* of the four historic Michigan covered bridges utilized the Brown truss design. Patented by Josiah Brown, the truss arrangement used few iron connectors and no upright compression members. Although popular in Grand Rapids, the design had not fared so well elsewhere. The 100 foot long Fallasburg Bridge is listed with the National Register and received its historic marker in 1971.

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    * The White's Covered Bridge was recently destroyed by arson, but a group has formed to have it rebuilt.


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