Construction photograph of Detroit-Superior High-Level Bridge showing the path of the bridge, looking toward the west from the Wheeling & Erie Railroad Depot. In the background, St. Malachi's Church can be seen to the right of the construction framework, while St. John's Episcopal Church is to the left. The photograph was taken on January 9, 1915, after the right-of-way had been cleared and construction was begun., This image is featured in the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge digital exhibit.
Construction of west-side arches for the Detroit-Superior High-Level Bridge on June 20, 1916, looking northwest from Cleveland Milling Co., 1635 Merwin Avenue. St. Malachi's Catholic Church can be seen in the background., This image is featured in the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge digital exhibit.
The Detroit-Superior High-Level Bridge opened to traffic on Thanksgiving Day 1917 and was the city's first high-level bridge over the Cuyahoga River. Connecting Detroit and Superior avenues, it was engineered to relieve the traffic congestion that had clogged the old Superior Viaduct, just north of the new span. Built at a cost of $5.284 million, the bridge took 5 years to complete. The bridge was designed by Cuyahoga County engineers Frank R. Lander, Alfred M. Felgate, William A. Stinchcomb, and Albert W. Zesiger. The principal contractor for the construction was the King Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company. The bridge was renamed Veterans Memorial in Veterans Day ceremonies on 11 Nov. 1989. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
This digital collection includes contemporary and more recent images of the bridge, as well as material related to the planning and construction of the span, The images featured in the collection were assembled to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge.
Construction of support arches for the Detroit-Superior High-Level Bridge on August 7, 1915, looking west along the right-of-way from the Wheeling & Erie Railroad Depot. St. Malachi's Church and the Superior Viaduct can be seen in the background., This image is featured in the 100th Anniversary of the Detroit Superior High Level Bridge digital exhibit.