In our road trip today we visited one of only two covered bridges open to traffic in Michigan.
The bridge leads to a village that time has forgotten. John Wesley Fallas and his brother, Silas, came to the area in 1837. Built alongside the Flat River they used the power from the river to construct a sawmill and a chair factory. In 1839 they built the first bridge across Flat River at this site. Today, this is the fourth bridge built here and was completed in 1871.
I loved the sign that indicated there was a fine of $5.00 if you drove across the bridge at a speed greater than walking.
Today all that is left standing of the village is a school house, a cemetery, the Fallas and Misner House museums and the Orlin Douglass/Tower Farm. The old school house was built in 1867 and was actually used as a school until 1961.
At one time the state road from Detroit to Grand Rapids passed through Fallasburgh and the village was a thriving area. The village had a stone-mason, blacksmiths, general stores, mills, a post office and even a hotel and tavern.
Then the railroad came. In 1858 the D&M Railroad came to a nearby town, Lowell. Slowly, the village declined. Most of the area’s hardwoods which supported the mills and the chair factory were depleted by late 1800’s. The founder died in 1896 and by 1905 the post office had closed.
The village continued as a sleepy summer community until today it is only a reminder of the past.
A historical society has been founded and events are held throughout the year to keep the memory of the community alive.
The village is surrounded by a beautiful park. Close to 300 acres of picnic areas, beautiful trees and the Flat River.
We drove along the road near the Flat River on our way home. A beautiful drive. Lots of curves and hills. A perfect end to our visit to Fallasburgh.
I love where towns are able to preserve some history. Covered bridges are a rarity now. Thanks for sharing.
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And thank you for stopping by.
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just a beautiful place to visit! 🙂
What a beautiful little trip! Are they trying to preserve the school and house so people can go in them? That would be a great place to visit. Great history lesson. Thanks for the trip! I love covered bridges.
They have a museum in one of the houses and it is open on Sunday afternoons in the summer. But it is in an so isolated place that most people will never find it. Only ones like that who love to get off the beaten trial will probably ever know it is there. The park surrounding it is off the beaten path and then when you drive in the park you wouldn’t find it if you were not looking for it because it is at the back of the large park. But I love finding those off the beaten track places.