Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Riveting Collection of Bridges

The Calhoun County Road Commission and the Parks Trustees Board will be holding its annual "Living History Demonstration" at the Historic Bridge Park on the Kalamazoo River in Emmett Township this coming Saturday. The event will include demonstrations of industrial building techniques such as forge welding and black-smithing.

The concept of the Historic Bridge Park is actually a pretty interesting one: to rehabilitate historic bridges and give them new life in something that doesn’t involve vehicular transportation. Restored bridges are placed within the park to serve not only as part of a pedestrian path, but also as a “hands on” exhibit of Michigan’s transportation history and the technology of cast iron and steel fabrication.

The "Living History Demonstration" is free and open to the public. Regular park hours for Historic Bridge Park are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
When: Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Historic Bridge Park, 14930 9 Mile Road (Wattles Road), east of Battle Creek in Emmett Township.

We might send Walter off to hide underneath one of the bridges. Not to play the troll in the tale of the three goats, mind you, but more in the role of a beast under the wizard’s bridge - he's a bit scary looking before he’s had his juice.

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