August 3, 2011

TICKET FOR THE GROSSE ILE TOLL BRIDGE

The Grosse Ile Toll Bridge is a swing style structure that traverses the Detroit River at Riverview and connects the mainland to Grosse Ile. It was constructed between 1912 and 1913 by a group led by wealthy German immigrant Edward W. Voigt who owned a majority of the island property. With the island population only around 1,000 residents in 1910 Wayne County had no desire to finance a building project so Voigt and a group of investors plotted and built the bridge with the approval of the township. It is still privately owned by the family and depends on tolls to maintain and repair the structure. The bridge has been struck twice (1965 and 1992) and was heavily damaged in both incidents, forcing major repairs.

I haven't been able to pinpoint the date of this ticket but my best guess would be the 1950s or 1960s since I found it in a book from that time period, though it doesn't really add up since the original toll was only 40 cents for automobiles in 1913.

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