Fallasburg Park Bridge – Lowell Michigan

Historic Lowell Bridge Michigan

The 1871 Historic Covered Bridge found in Lowell Michigan at Fallasburg Park – One of Two in existence built with the Brown Truss System.

The bridge uses the Brown truss system, a through truss consisting of diagonal compression beams and (optionally) almost vertical tension members (slanting in at the top toward the center of the span). This system was patented by Josiah Brown of Buffalo, New York, in 1857. The Brown truss is similar to the Howe arrangement of “X” bracing and counter bracing, but uses lighter members and less timber. It contains no upright compression members and uses no iron except for bolt connectors at the timber intersections. Builders[a] used the Brown truss successfully in at least four covered bridges in Michigan, two of which (Ada Covered Bridge, and this one) are still in existence.[4] The Brown truss was thus briefly popular in Michigan but did not gain wide acceptance elsewhere.

The bridge currently rests on concrete and fieldstone footings at each end put in place in 1905. As is typical for covered bridges, it is a frame structure with a gabled roof that is covered with creosote shingles. Its construction is of the through-truss type, and the white pine (sourced from Greenville, Michigan) trusses are completely sheathed on the outside with rough pine boards.[3] The floor is 14 feet (4.3 m) wide and 100 feet (30 m) long and the bridge has an inside clearance of 12 feet (3.7 m).

The bridge has warning signs on each portal: “$5 fine for riding or driving on this bridge faster than a walk.”

Enjoy the view from my side of the world! 🙂

Here’s to “Shuttering” with Happiness!

170px-Copyright J Thomas Photography – 2018


  1. Nicely photographed. I like your use of selective color. This bridge has such a great history! My great grandfather helped saw lumber for this bridge.

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    • I have to admit that I was shocked as to how old the bridge really is! Such a beautiful piece of history to still have the chance to admire and cherish! They have cameras on the bridge now to monitor activity around it. I think they installed cameras when the WHite’s Bridge was deliberately burned. Whites Bridge was also built with the same truss system….Such a shame we don’t have it anymore!


  2. Thank you for the thorough details. I am reminded of Willa Cather’s excellent novel Alexander’s Bridge. The ability to connect people with one another is a foundational part of humanity. I think perhaps that bridges, especially these picturesque bridges In Michigan, are so meaningful because of this.

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    • I love how you expressed the correlations between our human needs and bridges. I have not had an opportunity to read the novel you refer to but more often than not, contemplate the success of relational “bridges” being built between most of us these days…… I often wonder how many of us online have hundreds of friends on FB but don’t have a single person we can think of to call when we need help AND how many bridges are burned when valuable relational time is spent online……Just random thoughts that go through my mind! Thanks for your insight Jeff – I value it!


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