Built: 1871, 1905, 1994
Built in 1871, the single-span Fallasburg Bridge crosses
the Flat River five miles north of Lowell. Although
it's served travelers for more than 125 years, it's
just the newest in a series of wooden bridges at that
first was constructed across the Flat River around
1840. It, like others that followed, fell victim to
high water and massive spring ice jams. Then Jared
N. Bresee, a bridge builder in nearby Ada, was contracted
to build the present structure. Completed at a cost
of $1500, Fallasburg Bridge stretches 100 feet long
and stands 14 feet wide and 12 feet high. Its lattice-work
trusses are made of white pine timbers from nearby
Greenville. The use of the "Brown" truss in this bridge
and its two close neighbors, Ada Bridge and White's
Bridge, is unique to this area of Michigan.
with all covered bridges, the roof and siding protect
the timbers from rot. The current roof is covered
with cedar shake shingles. The original wooden abutments
were replaced by lower concrete structures in 1905.
In 1945 and again in 1994, the bridge was extensively
repaired. Because the restorations were completed
with conscientious attention to detail, the bridge
has retained its historic integrity.
picturesque setting of Fallasburg Park displays Fallasburg
Covered Bridge to perfection. Its rural location and
quality construction contributed to its survival during
a time when old covered bridges were being destroyed
to make way for new road construction.
Fallasburg Bridge is one of only three covered bridges
open to vehicle traffic in Michigan. Signs at each
portal warn of a "$5 fine for riding or driving on
this bridge faster than a walk."
Fallasburg Covered Bridge was listed with the Michigan
State Register on February 12, 1959. It was awarded
a Michigan Historical Marker on September 10, 1971
and was listed with the National Register on March
From Ada, follow M-21 to Lowell. Turn north on Hudson
Street, which becomes Lincoln Lake Avenue. Turn east
on Fallsburg County Park Road. Follow the signs.
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