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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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  • You will like Ada. They are doing lots of upgrades to this village, with new roads, restaurants and more. The main street has several restaurants and other offerings. Worth a visit.  more »
  • Not many bridges like this are still around. It's great to take pictures and bike around. It's just a beautiful and unique bridge.  more »
  • Do yourself a favor...grab a scoop of ice cream or a coffee to go in town and stroll over to the covered bridge. It really is that beautiful and worth a visit when in Ada.  more »