Whites Bridge Historical Society Frequently Asked Questions
Will the covered bridge be rebuilt?
Yes, a replica will be built! Thanks to an MDOT grant, the Meijer Foundation, and many others who have donated! Construction is expected to begin in 2016.
Was the bridge insured?
No, it was not. This is common with timber covered bridges. Insurance is very expensive so the owners do not buy insurance.
How do we help?
You can make a tax deductible donation to the Whites Bridge Historical Society.
Why are the Fallasburg Historical Society and Keene Township involved?
It takes a long time for a new organization such as ours to achieve 501(3c) non-profit status. We have partnered with FHS to use their 501(3c) designation for rebuilding the bridge. They also have the only original surviving Brown truss covered bridge in their village. Keene Township has agreed to be the fiduciary for the project and will sign a contract with the Ionia County Road Commission to provide the monies raised for the construction
Will the donors be recognized?
Yes, all donors will receive recognition. The “how and where” of the recognition are yet to be determined.
Are you accepting pledges?
Yes, if you wish to wait to donate until the project is “a go”, please fill out a pledge form (click here for pledge form) and mail to Nancy Stroosnyder, WBHS Treasurer
Will you be applying for grants from the various foundations?
Yes, if you know of a local foundation we should approach, please send the name and a contact to WhitesBridgeHistoricalSociety@gmail.com
When do you expect construction to begin?
Plans are expected to be completed late fall 2015, with the project going out for bids soon after. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.
Who will build the bridge?
The builder is unknown at this time. What is known is the project will be publicly bid with the Ionia County Road Commission as the owner.
We hope that this page has been helpful. If you have any further questions, please contact WhitesBridgeHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.