Wellston’s High Bridge

Here is the historic High Bridge near Wellston, Michigan, that goes over the Manistee River. In its day it was something to see as its primary function was to take out all the lumber being downed within the Manistee National Forest. Some areas were stripped clean.

The High Bridge railroad bridge was originally constructed in 1889 over the Manistee River Connecting Kaleva and Baldwin. At the time High Bridge was the tallest railroad bridge in Michigan. The wooden structure bridge was removed in 1947 and replaced with a metal structure bridge.

The bridge at the time was the only crossing at this section of the river so on a daily basis you would see people walking the bridge. In 1955 they removed the railroad bridge. But to this day if walked the North Country Trail along the river you can still see the trusses to the railroad bridge.

In this last photograph you can observe one of the great locomotives crossing the bridge. It was really something to see don’t you agree?

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