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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.
The 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.
The 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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  • What's not to live when taking in historic scenery? This quaint bridge in this quaint town on this beautiful river? ...gives you all the wonderful feels 
    What's not to live when taking in historic scenery? This quaint bridge in this quaint town on this beautiful river? ...gives you all the wonderful feels  more »
  • While in Ada MI today I decided to take a short walk in the historic district. To my surprise & delight I stumbled on to this unique covered bridge over the Thornapple River. The park & homes nearby.....  more
    While in Ada MI today I decided to take a short walk in the historic district. To my surprise & delight I stumbled on to this unique covered bridge over the Thornapple River. The park & homes nearby.....  more »
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  • Nice like a park with a bridge.. few doing fishing along the river by the side..Free parking and limited parking space available...
  • A beautiful step back in time. Well maintained and in good structural condition. Not very crowded and everyone was pleasant. It's right next to a baseball field, so you might catch a game as well. Good parking on either side of the bridge. A great way to experience the Thornapple River.

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