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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Michigan Inn pictures, Hamilton Wooden Trestle Bridge.

One of the most photographed spots in Allegan County has to be the wooden trestle bridge in Hamilton, Michigan.  I took a few pictures during the spring flooding, but it is much more picturesque in the summer, fall and winter months.  This bridge is old, I am not sure how old, but it has been around for some time now, and is still used to this day to deliver railroad cars to the Hamilton Farm Bureau yards.

Stop by to take some great pictures, spring flooding during this picture.

If you love, old bridges, and love photography, the old trestle is a must stop while you are out and about.  The bridge is easy to find, it is located right in downtown Hamilton, Michigan, on the right hand side of the road as you are driving from our Allegan Michigan Bed and Breakfast, on the way to Holland, Michigan on M40.  There is a little park at the foot of the bridge that has picnic tables, and it is a great place to stop to a picnic, or just to relax for a moment and take in the sound of falling water over the dam.  This location is also a popular place for locals to fish, or just to take a break from running around.   

The bridge is about 300' long, and about 20' above the water.

The dam at the foot of the bridge is a replacement of the original that dated to 1852, that dam gave way, and the current dam was built in 1855.   A saw mill used the hydro power to mill lumber till the mid 1800's, some time after 1855 a flour mill was erected on the other side that operated until at least 1913 according to records.  The mill structures are now gone, but most of the 2nd dam built there remains...for now, there has been talk about removing the dam to restore the river back to natural flows.

302 Cutler St.
Allegan, Michigan 49010
(269) 686-0240

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At February 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM , Anonymous pattaya holiday packages said...

Great photography. The place looks very quiet and peaceful. It is amazing how that wooden bridge survived after all these years.


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