Bell Road Bridge / Dover

Registered Site L2030

Bell Road Bridge

This Pratt through-truss-bridge, erected in 1891, was built by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge was assembled on site by a local crew using iron connecting pins that are visible at the deck level. These pins, unique to nineteenth century ironwork, make the bridge easy to assemble and capable of flexing to accommodate varying weighrts. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
photo of Bell Road Bridge


Judge Samuel Dexter and Isaac Pomeroy built a sawmill here in 1832. After 1846,Daniel B. Sloan and Company replaced the sawmill with a gristmill called Dover Mills, which spurred the village's growth. In 1849 the Base Lake Post Office opened here. Sometime after 1861, Thomas Birkett bought the mill and built a church in the hamlet of Dover. In 1882 the post offices was renamed for him. Today only the mill's cut stone foundation and the mill stream remain visible northwest of this bridge.
photo of Dover

The bridge has been removed from its foundation and pulled on to the east bank.
Erected 1999

Location: Bell Road at Huron River
Dexter Twp, Washtenaw County

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Missing Markers

Evidence indicates that this Marker is no longer in place.

Latitude: 42.4011186, Longitude: -83.9082527

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