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Trip Planner: USA / Michigan / Kent County / Lowell / Fallasburg Covered Bridge
Fallasburg Bridge is a 100ft span Brown truss covered bridge, erected in 1871 in Vergennes Township, Michigan, United States, north of Lowell on the Flat River. Carrying Covered Bridge Road across the Flat, it is located in the Fallasburg Historical District south of Whites Bridge and Smyrna. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and along with Whites Bridge, Langley Covered Bridge, and Zehnder's Holz Brucke, is one of only four Michigan covered bridges open to vehicle traffic.
The bridge uses the Brown truss system, a through truss consisting of diagonal compression beams and (optionally) almost vertical tension members (slanting in at the top toward the center of the span). This system was patented by Josiah Brown of Buffalo, New York, in 1857. The Brown truss is similar to the Howe arrangement of "X" bracing and counter bracing, but uses lighter members and less timber. It contains no upright compression members and uses no iron except for bolt connectors at the timber intersections. Builders used the Brown truss successfully in at least four covered bridges in Michigan, three of which (Ada Covered Bridge, Whites Bridge and this one) are still in existence. The Brown truss was thus briefly popular in Michigan but did not gain wide acceptance elsewhere. Make Fallasburg Covered Bridge a centerpiece of your Lowell vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lowell trip planner.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge reviews
Been coming here off and on for 30 years. All buildings labeled with dates now . River never changes. Whites covered bridge 10 minutes up road and is new/ redone . Nice smooth dirt road.
Been coming here off and on for 30 years. All buildings labeled with dates now . River never changes. Whites covered bridge 10 minutes up road and is new/ redone . Nice smooth dirt road. more »
Interstate place to visit if in the area. The covered bridge is in a beautiful setting on the Flat River north of Lowell. About a 10-15 minute drive from the I-96 freeway exit for Lowell. There is.... more
Interstate place to visit if in the area. The covered bridge is in a beautiful setting on the Flat River north of Lowell. About a 10-15 minute drive from the I-96 freeway exit for Lowell. There is.... more »
Gorgeous park with plenty of secluded picnic tables with grills. Great river/creek views all around and a nice covered bridge with historical buildings as well.
Awesome autumn views of this bridge. But if you are trying to get a photo without people in it, early morning may be best. Lots of senior pictures and others just milling about on the bridge.
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