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metal trestle, 1894

metal trestle, 1894 image

Ann Arbor's second railroad, the Toledo and Ann Arbor, built a wooden trestle above the dam in 1881 to extend its line north across the river. A flimsy metal trestle replaced it by 1894. In that photo you can see the Michigan Central Railroad had a locomotive turntable near the bridge on the right. The building on the millpond, with the long dock, was a popular boat livery. In January 1904 the metal trestle collapsed and was replaced by a sturdier trestle with massive concrete piers.

Frame location: on Broadway Bridge

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