For $10 you can get a 33 minute DVD commemorating the hard work, dedication, and engineering feat of spanning the Straits of Mackinac. Historic footage is blended in with present-day interviews and the whole shebang is produced by MDOT and the Mackinac Bridge Authority. You can purchase the video at the Michigan e-Store.
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I love this old 8mm film of someone crossing the Mackinac Bridge in 1958. Not much has changed since then. About halfway across the bridge you even get to see Michigan's unofficial state flower - the orange traffic barrel. It's an authentic steel drum painted orange - not one of those plastic ones you see nowadays. The only thing missing is the audio from AM 530 or 1610 that tells you a brief history of the bridge and gives the current bridge conditions. I always listen to that each time I cross the bridge and I don't think it has changed since I can remember.
Be sure to check out my Mackinac Bridge page for more information on the remaining 50th Anniversary celebrations and the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.
If the video player doesn't appear, watch it here.
Michigan.gov has a great photo gallery of the Mackinac Bridge celebrating it's 50 years of service. You can view them here. I must admit that the photos would be much better if they did not have a large and ugly watermark slashed across each photo. The photos are broken down into three galleries - Scenic, Events (like the bridge's dedication ceremony), and Construction.
The Traverse City Record Eagle has a slew of articles about the Mackinac Bridge in honor of the 50th anniversary of the bridge's completion. The big celebration for the Mackinac Bridge will take place July 27 & 28 in both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City.
Read Big Mac at 50 for links to other articles at the Traverse City Record Eagle.
P.S. Don't forget to check out the Mackinac Bridge page at Squidoo.
MackinacBridge.org has been updated for the first time that I can remember since I first stumbled upon it a few years ago. It has a neat new interface and a lot of extras to boot. I believe the site has been updated to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the bridge. In addition to the original site features such as "Bridge Conditions" and the "Bridge Webcam" there is plenty more. Photo collections of the construction of the Mackinac Bridge as well as a handful of photos from the heyday of the Michigan State Ferry service that preceded the bridge.
The Bridge Webcam and Bridge Conditions have been moved to the main page so you don't have to hunt them down anymore. Here is a brief rundown of some of the new areas -
- Monthly Bridge Statistics - number of vehicle crossings
- E-Cards - send e-cards to someone using a variety of Mackinac Bridge pictures
- Michigan State Ferry photo album
- Historical Construction photo album
The Mackinac Bridge officially opened on November 1, 1957 and this year is celebrating 50 years of spanning the straits. Part of the year-long celebration is the introduction of four really great 50th Anniversary posters of the Mighty Mac. The $4 fee for each poster includes - postage, printing, and sales tax. I think I might buy the whole set and build a custom frame to hold them all.
I can't imagine they are making much (if any) money off of these. If they are actually making a small profit on the posters, I haven't the foggiest what it would be for. Hopefully a charity (of course with the state's budget the way it is - Michigan could possibly qualify as a charity these days) would be the recipient of any funds.
Here are the thumbnails of the actual posters. You can view somewhat larger versions at Michigan.gov.
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You can order by phone, fax, or snail mail and can pay by check or credit card. For more information head over to Michigan.gov.Read More
On January 27th the State Historical Museum will begin a year of celebrating the technical marvel that is our Mackinac Bridge. Here is a bit of what you can expect to see at the museum on the 27th -
- Kim Nowack, Mackinac Bridge Authority Engineer, will present a fascinating overview of the 50-year history of the bridge at 11 a.m.
- Build a bridge model! Kids ages 8 to 12 can take part in a build-a-bridge workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- The Archives of Michigan will display photographs, drawings and documents that exhibit the history of the construction and opening of the Mackinac Bridge.
Check out this cool site put together by Keith Stokes - www.mightymac.org He has put together some neat photos of the bridge, straits area lighthouses, Mackinaw City in the winter, and many others.
P.S. - Don't forget to celebrate Michigan Statehood Day on January 26th. On this day in 1837 Michigan officially was welcomed into the Union. Happy 170th!