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Big Mac, Blue Waters

Big Mac, Blue Waters

Photo of the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, with the blue waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan roiling gentle below… The bridge stretches out of site, and can bring about feelings of yearning for that which is out of reach, yet attainable. (Alternately, homesickness for Michiganders who have diaspora’d.)

 

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot bridge (familiarly known as “Big Mac” and “Mighty Mac”) is the world’s 17th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere. The Mackinac Bridge is part of Interstate 75 and the Lakes Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tours across the straits; it is also a segment of the U.S. North Country National Scenic Trail. The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace on the north end with the village of Mackinaw City on the south.

Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge was designed by the engineer David B. Steinman and completed in 1957 only after many decades of struggles to begin construction.

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