American Legion Memorial Bridge (Michigan)

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American Legion Memorial Bridge
Carries S. Cass St.
Crosses Boardman River
Locale Traverse City, Michigan
Design reinforced concrete arch
Opened 1930


American Legion Memorial Bridge
American Legion Memorial Bridge (Michigan) is located in Michigan
American Legion Memorial Bridge (Michigan)
American Legion Memorial Bridge (Michigan) is located in the US
American Legion Memorial Bridge (Michigan)
Location S. Cass St. over Boardman R., Traverse City, Michigan
Coordinates 44°45′41″N 85°37′15″W / 44.76139°N 85.62083°W / 44.76139; -85.62083Coordinates: 44°45′41″N 85°37′15″W / 44.76139°N 85.62083°W / 44.76139; -85.62083
Area less than one acre
Built 1930
Built by Aldrich & Cook, Jerome Wilhelm
Architect Daniel B. Luten
Architectural style Concrete arch bridge
MPS Highway Bridges of Michigan MPS
NRHP Reference # 99001650[1]
Added to NRHP January 7, 2000

The American Legion Memorial Bridge is a reinforced concrete arch bridge carrying South Cass Street over the Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan. It was completed in 1930 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]


In 1929 the city commission called for a public referendum to decide if the city should build bridges over the Boardman River at South Union and South Cass Streets.[2] The referendum passed, and the city commission hired Indianapolis bridge engineer Daniel B. Luten to design the bridge at South Cass. The firms of Aldrich & Cook and Jerome Wilhelm were hired to build the bridge, which was completed in 1930. Dedication plaques were purchased during construction at the request of the American Legion.

At some point, the original handrails were removed and jersey barricades were added, detracting somewhat from the original design.[2] However, the bridge is still in use.


The American Legion Memorial Bridge is 68 feet (21 m) long and 58.5 feet (17.8 m) wide, with a roadway width of 40 feet (12 m).[2] The span is formed by a barrel-vaulted elliptical arch. Sidewalks, supported by concrete brackets, overhang the face of the arch. The original balustrade railings on the bridge have been replaced with planks, but the approaches still contain the original solid-concrete parapets and concrete balustrades with urn-shaped spindles. A plate on one parapet reads: "American Legion Memorial Bridge 1930."

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (March 13, 2009). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "American Legion Memorial Bridge". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved February 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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