Bell Road Bridge/Dover
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
N 42° 24.081 W 083° 54.511
17T E 260633 N 4698437
Quick Description: The bridge is moved onto the east shore of the Huron River. You can find it by going north on Huron River Drive from Territorial and west on what's left of Bell Road. Many thanks to the Washtenaw County Road Commission for the photos of the marker.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 12/21/2006 8:07:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM124P
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member "Paws"itraction
Views: 57

Long Description:
NOTE THAT THIS MARKER HAS NOT BEEN ERECTED, YET. THE ORGANIZERS ARE WAITING FOR REFURBISHMENT OF THE BRIDGE AND A RETURN TO IT'S ORIGINAL FOUNDATION ACROSS THE HURON RIVER, BEFORE ERECTING THE MARKER.

BELL ROAD BRIDGE
This Pratt through-truss bridge, erected in 1891, was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge was assembled on site by a local crew using iron connecting pins that are visible at the deck level. These pins, unique to nineteenth century iron work, made bridges easy to assemble and capable of flexing to accommodate varying weights. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

DOVER
Judge Samuel Dexter and Isaac Pomeroy built a sawmill here in 1832. After 1846, Daniel B. Sloan & Company replaced the sawmill with a grist mill called Dover Mills, which spurred the village's growth. In 1849 the Base Lake Post Office opened here. Sometime after 1861, Thomas Birkett bought the mill and built a church in the hamlet of Dover. In 1882 the post office was renamed for him. Today, only the mill's cut stone foundation and the mill stream remain visible northwest of this bridge.
Historical Name: Judge Samuel Dexter, Isaac Pomeroy, Thomas Birkett

Parking nearby?: yes

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Registered Site #: Local Site #2030 (from MichMarkers.com)

Historical Date: Not listed

Description: Not listed

website: Not listed

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