In 2003 this was part of a serious flood that even took out stuff in Marquette. A levee broke loose up at the Silver Lake Basin and flooded stuff downstream. It threatened the dam here at the Dead River Storage Basin. If that one failed, it would have been bad. Pictures here. This bridge was brought in from Pennsylvania in 1919. It used to cross the Allegheny River upstream of Pittsburgh. It was part of a project to put a state highway through the Huron Mountains. This highway map shows the route. The "impassable" part happened to go through the exclusive Huron Mountain Club land. Henry Ford wanted into this club bad. Through his extensive land holdings in the UP he stopped the road and coincidentally was accepted into the club where he promptly built a $100K (at that time) "cottage". The forest was beautiful.