As the south end of the Mackinac Bridge was finished, Mackinaw City
residents would occasionally drive out
onto the bridge to look at the work in progress. It was usually done
on the weekends when the workers
were not present and they would not be caught.
Mackinac Bridge roadway being finished
Hundreds of visitors watched and photographed the Mackinac Bridge construction
The wooden ramp at the right was used to drive onto the Mackinac Bridge
before the approach was built
Construction of the Mackinac Bridge approach where the Fort Michilimackinac
parking lot is today.
My Grandparent's home was up this street on the left and was moved
to make way for the south Mackinac Bridge approach.
Construction of the south approach to the Mackinac Bridge. Old Mackinac
Point Lighthouse can be seen at the
lower left and the Michigan Central Railroad roundhouse with the tall
smokestack at the upper left.
My first memory of the Mackinac Bridge (I was born in 1954) was being
on the roadway of the uncompleted bridge in the car in the foreground.
This photo was taken from the dock used by Shepler's Mackinac Island
Ferry. That was the Windermere Hotel at the far left.
The final section of the superstructure is raised into position - photo
taken by Red Saunders, who was a crane operator on
the bridge and rented a tug to American Bridge Company. Photo courtesy
of Jim Saunders.
The Mackinac Bridge roadway is complete.
The Mackinac Bridge looks complete in late 1957, but the auto ferries
are still running, so it has not opened.
This ferry is either the City of Munising or the City of Petoskey.
They could each haul 105 cars.
Painting the towers near the completion of the Mackinac Bridge.
Waiting for the Mackinac Bridge to open for the first time on November
1, 1957 (photo courtesy of the Mackinac Bridge Authority)
1958 - The toll gates and Mackinac Bridge in operation. The 7,000'
causeway leading from St. Ignace at the north end of the Bridge
was built in 1941 as part of an earlier attempt to bridge the Straits
of Mackinac and link Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula..
The initial toll for a passenger car was $3.25 each way and increased
to $3.75 in 1961. Many years later, the fare fell to $1.50 each way,
but it has slowly crawled up to $4 in 2013.
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