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As I have alluded to in the past, bridges have been and continue to be an important part of connecting people together in Michigan. The state has 36,050 miles (58,000 km) of streams and rivers obviously making these structures a necessity.

This covered bridge over the Flat River was built in 1871 by Jared Brezee. There had been 4 previous bridges on this site but they were destroyed by ice jams in 1839, 1844, 1849 and 1860. The current bridge owes its survival to its construction using the "Brown Truss" design which was invented by Joseph Brown of New York in 1857.

The first bridge, not covered, was built by John W. Fallas who moved to this area with his brother from New York. The next two were not covered either. The current bridge has been able to withstand the tests of time and is one of only three covered bridges in Michigan open to automobile traffic. It cost $1500 to build in 1871. The trusses are made of white pine timbers. It has seen some updating, however, to achieve its long use, including the replacement of its wooden pilings with concret.

On the other side of the bridge is the old town of Fallasburg, settled by the Fallas brothers. Some small homes and a one room schoolhouse all with markers line the road.

The sign on the bridge reads, "$5 Fine for Riding or Driving on This Bridge Faster Than a Walk."

In the workshop I have posted a more general view of the bridge and its surroundings.

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