BESSEMER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Organized January 19, 2002
4th Quarter, 2010 - Volume 7, Issue 4
Website - www.bessemerhistoricalsociety.com
Notice of Membership Meetings
January 20 at 2:00 PM
February 17 at 2:00 PM
March 17 at 2:00 PM
Officers and Directors
President - Ed Sandene
Vice President - Dan Cvengros
Treasurer/Editor - Lou Kalan
Secretary - Janet Gheller
Membership - Dolores Sandene
Directors at Large
Historian - Fran McCarthy
It is amazing to me how one hidden object can mean so much to one person and mean so little to someone else. Back in September I participated in a walking tour along one of the former railways that went through Bessemer.
The leader of the group guided about 20 individuals and shared his vast knowledge of the once very active rail line. He led the group to three bridges that are still intact and gave a brief history of each bridge. All of these bridges are in plain view and have most likely been seen by the residents of Bessemer for many years.
I myself had crossed these bridges many times in my younger years when walking was the primary source of transportation. At the end of the tour our guide also mentioned another bridge on the other abandoned railway and told us to explore it on our own if we felt inclined to do so.
Two weeks passed and I decided to venture out and find this other bridge because my curiosity was getting the best of me. I arrived at the location described by the tour guide and realized I was on top of the bridge and the Powdermill Creek was running below me.
I could not see any sign of a bridge from where I was standing so I began to descend down the steep embankment and when I reached the flowing water, I looked up and saw a beautiful arched stone structure before me. This bridge was very similar to the Keystone Bridge in Ramsay, but only about one-third the size.
I am sure many hikers and fishermen have walked over and around this bridge only to see just another part of the local landscape, not seeing it for the treasure it really was as I saw it. To me, this structure represents a part of our Gogebic Range heritage, a part of who we are and made me think of days gone by.
I took many pictures of the bridge and have returned to view it two more times since that day. As I look at the pictures, I realize that this part of Bessemer’s history is not hidden from me anymore and that to others, hidden or not . . . it is just another bridge.
We remind everyone that we are looking for military articles and information regarding local Veterans having served our country, especially those involved with WWII. The archives at the Heritage Center is a great place for future generations to learn about our Gogebic Range military history.
Also, if you have an old high school annual or “yearbook”, please consider donating it to the Historical Society. Many visitors enjoy paging through these books and reminiscing about the past.
Bessemer Area Historical Society