Ada Township Covered Bridge, Ada

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The Ada Covered Bridge is a 125ft span Brown truss covered bridge erected in 1867 in Ada, Michigan, United States. Carrying Bronson Street across the Thornapple River, it is located just south of where the Thornapple enters the Grand River, in turn just south of M-21. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.DesignThe bridge uses the Brown truss system, consisting of diagonal compression beams and almost vertical tension members (slanting in at the top toward the center of the span) was patented by Josiah Brown of Buffalo, New York, in 1857. A timber bearing Brown's name was discovered during repair work carried out in 1913.The bridge is 125ft long, and originally rested on wooden pilings. As is typical for covered bridges, its gabled roof is covered with creosote shingles.HistoryThe Michigan State Legislature authorised Ada Township to borrow up to $3,000 for building or maintaining bridges in the area. Construction of this bridge, also known as the "Bradfield Bridge" was carried out in 1867 by William Holmes.Prior to construction of the upstream dam, the Thornapple River was prone to flooding. According to a historical marker posted at the bridge, "it is said that farmers used to drive wagons loaded with stones onto the bridge during high water to hold it to the foundation."
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  • The Ada Covered Bridge is a big part of Ada's history. It is set in a beautiful, quiet location. Lively views. A fabulous place to take pictures (wedding, family, senior photos) or just to enjoy for y...  more »
  • Crossing the Thornapple River, this lovely bridge is actually a replacement bridge for the one that burned. Next to a small ballpark with parking and facilities available, it's also just a quick walk ...  more »
  • This bridge is used for pedestrian traffic only but is a link to the wooden bridges of the past before steel and concrete were used. An excellent example of how structures were built in the past and m...  more »
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  • A wonderful bridge... As far as bridges go I guess. 😁
  • An Ada icon. Great place for a peaceful walk with easy access to downtown Ada.
  • Just a beautiful little covered bridge, and a nice little shortcut for walking or riding your bike.
  • Nice place to have a picnic or go for a walk. Enjoy the Covered Bridge and Thornapple River.
  • Stop and walk it - get a picture and enjoy. Perfect place to appreciate history
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