Michigan Roadside Attractions: Historic Ramsay Keystone Bridge in Gogebic County
Michigan Roadside Attractions is a periodic feature on Travel the Mitten that will explore the many interesting things that can be found on the highways, byways and back roads of Michigan, ranging from the interesting to unusual.
A short trip south from US-2 in Gogebic County takes visitors to the small town of Ramsay, which is home to two historically significant and beautiful bridges. The Ramsay Bridge is 130 feet long and was built over the Black River in 1922. This concrete girder bridge is impressive in its own right, but it is the neighboring Ramsay Keystone Bridge that draws visitors here.
The Keystone Bridge can be viewed from on the Ramsay Bridge (shown above) or from a small park to its south (shown below). One of Michigan’s largest stone arch bridges, it dates back to 1891. The Chicago and Northwestern Railroad built this bridge for its rail line, and over the years it no doubt saw some impressive cargoes of iron ore leaving the area.
At 57 feet, the height of this bridge is also quite impressive, but it is the impressive stonework’s ability to stand the test of time that truly wows. Viewing it from the small park on Keystone St. (which also includes playground equipment and a pavilion) gives the best view, as you can see both bridges at the same time.
If you choose to view the Keystone Bridge from the Ramsay Bridge on Main St., be cautious as this bridge is not in the best shape.
Just west of Wakefield on US-2 signs will be posted for Ramsay Rd. heading south. Turn onto Ramsay Rd. and follow for less than two miles to either Main St. on the left (this is the Ramsay Bridge) or Keystone St. to the left once you reach Ramsay. You may also see the local Keystone Bar, which gets it name from the bridge and features a picture of it on its sign.