Porter Hollow Embankment and Culvert

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Porter Hollow Embankment and Culvert
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Porter Hollow Embankment and Culvert is located in Michigan
Porter Hollow Embankment and Culvert
Location White Pine Trail at Stegman Creek, W of Summit Ave., Algoma Township, Michigan
Coordinates 43°9′57″N 85°34′1″W / 43.16583°N 85.56694°W / 43.16583; -85.56694Coordinates: 43°9′57″N 85°34′1″W / 43.16583°N 85.56694°W / 43.16583; -85.56694
Built 1885
Governing body State
NRHP Reference #

01001018

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Added to NRHP September 24, 2001
"The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (GR&I) reached Algoma Township in 1867. A series of wooden trestles were built to cross Wicked Creek, later named Stegman Creek. In 1885, after repeated fires and floods, the GR&I hired James House to cut fieldstones from his farm and build this culvert to stabilize the trestle. Eventually, the GR&I abandoned the trestle and buried it intact within a wall of dirt above the culvert."

The Porter Hollow Embankment and Culvert is now a stone bridge and trestle over the Stegman Creek along the White Pine Trail in Algoma Township, Michigan.

History[edit]

The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad completed its railway through Algoma Township in 1867. Porter Hollow was an unincorporated community along this route, about 3 miles north of Rockford. At Porter Hollow the railroad built a large wooden trestle over Stegman Creek, then known as Wicked Creek. In 1883 a flood damaged the trestle, and a local farmer, James House, collected field stones to build the current trestle over the creek.

Today[edit]

That stone bridge withstood the rigors of railroad use for nearly a century, and it is in good condition today. The trestle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a key bridge along the White Pine Trail.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.