The 60th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk Is Happening Sept.4th
The annual 'Labor Day Bridge Walk' is just around the corner and here is what you need to know about this great Michigan tradition...
The Mackinac Bridge is one of the treasures the state of Michigan has, and once a year you are allowed to walk the bridge and enjoy her greatness. Since 1958, people have been enjoying the view from the bridge by foot. Livingstondaily.com has put together a lovely history of our Mighty Mac...
A Brief History Of The Walk On The Mighty Mac
- The tradition started in June 1958.
- An estimated 60 participated in the inaugural walk.
- The first walk was led by Michigan governor Mennen Williams.
- The currently serving governor leads the walk every year.
- Only one governor has not lead the walk, was governor John Swainson. the reason why is that the governor lost both his legs in WWII.
- The walk attracts anywhere from 4,000 people to 6,000 people each year.
- The walk across the bridge is 5 miles.
- The walk takes about 2 hours.
This year marks the 60th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk and Mackinacblog.com has all the information you need, if you would like attend.
Things You Need To Know If You Are Taking Part In The Walk...
- The walk is FREE
- Adults and kids of all ages are welcome to participate
- Banners or signs of any kind are NOT allowed on the walk
- NO umbrellas are allowed on the walk
- There are NO restrooms available during the walk.
- Strollers are allowed on the walk.
- Wagons are NOT allowed on the walk
- Kids under 18 years old need permission from their parents or guardian
- NO smoking
- NO skateboards are allowed
- NO bikes allowed
- NO roller skates are allowed
- Animals are NOT allowed unless they are a working service dogs
Time-Lapse Video Of The Mackinac Bridge Walk
Once you start learning about the Mackinac Bridge you want to know more! Mackinacbridge.org gives great facts about the bridge...
Facts About The Mackinac Bridge
- The Mackinac Bridge is the 5th largest suspension bridge in the world.
- The length of the Mighty Mac is 26,372 feet
- The width of the Mackinac Bridge is 54 feet
- The height of the bridge at the mid-span is 200 feet above water
- The Mighty Mac can move as much as 35 feet (east or west)
Important Dates For The Mighty Mac...
- May 7th 1954 construction started on the bridge
- November 1st 1957 the bridge was opened to traffic
- September 25th 1984 the 50 millionth crossing happened
- June 25th 1998 the 100 millionth crossing occured
Mackinacbridge.org honors the lives lost in the building of the bridge...
"During the construction of the Mackinac Bridge in the 1950’s, five men unfortunately lost their lives. One man died in a diving accident; one man fell in a caisson while welding; one man fell into the water and drowned; and two men fell from a temporary catwalk near the top of north tower."
Lives Lost In The Creation Of The Mackinac Bridge...
- Frank Pepper - September 16th 1954
- James R LeSarge - October 10th 1954
- Albert Abbott - October 25th 1954
- Jack C Baker - June 6th 1956
- Robert Koppen - June 6th 1956
The next death occurred on August 7th 1997. Daniel Doyle was a bridge painter who fell off his platform and drowned.