Location: Portage Canal Bridge, Houghton, MI (MR-Old)
This swing bridge was formerly in place in the early 1900's for trains and vehicle traffic to cross the Portage Canal between Houghton and Hancock. This postcard view is from 1912. Vehicle traffic on top, trains on the bottom level.
Photo info/credit: 1912 Postcard.
May 27, 1906. New bridge planned. The Houghton County supervisors, at a meeting held Wednesday, accepted the plans for the new draw over Portage Lake, and authorized the South Shore and Copper Range railroad companies to advertise for bids for the erection of the structure. The draw will be considerably larger than the old one, will be entirely of steel, and will require fully six months to erect. [LAS-1905-0527]
- Keweenaw Crossing, Michigan's Elevator Bridge - A history of the highway/railroad crossing of the Portage Canal (1950's)