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This is a list of all 4 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Black River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1857 Black River (Bradford, Mill Street)
Watertown, New York, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:55
References:HBE, ONC
Principals:Gilbert Bradford
Status:Removed, 1890's
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:53m
Deck width:18f
  • Replaced in 1890's (ONC).
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1925 Powhatan
Powhatan, Arkansas, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:144
References:AAJ, AUB
Principals:Austin Bridge Co.
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:382f
1939 Black River Harbor
Ottawa National Forest, Michigan, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:1045
Coordinates:N 46.66608 W 90.04611
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:193f
  • Reconstructed, 1968, but appears to have retained its original appearance.
  • Tom Haapoja provided information about this bridge. His father worked on its construction: "Built in 1938-39. They had a sawmill on site from which they took 'select' lumber for the bridge and boat docking area. I think the sawmill was located on the present-day parking lot. Each anchor for the suspension cables consisted of 44 tons of concrete. The concrete was transported to the forms via wheelbarrows. The construction of the East anchor was difficult because the wheelbarrows travelled uphill, and each were pushed by one man and pulled by another."

    "It was a WPA and CCC effort. The CCC Camp discipline and logistics were provided by the US Army, but the construction supervision was provided by the WPA. About 200 Men from the Norrie CCC camp (Ironwood, Michigan) participated in the construction of the bridge and surrounding park. They worked during the cold of winter and rode to and from Camp Norrie in open trucks. Each trip took 1 1/2 hours. The architect of the bridge was 'Oakey' Johnson. The WPA construction foreman was 'Charlie' Johnson."
Photo by Tom Haapoja
(pipeline bridge)
Watertown, New York, USA (Black River)
Bridgemeister ID:2039
O'Donnell ID:326
Coordinates:N 43.9967 W 75.9336
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell

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