As the temperatures start to drop and the leaves start to change, consider Fallasburg Park in Lowell for your fall color destination. The scenic covered bridge that makes this park and the historical district famous is a beautiful addition to fall color photos worthy of postcards and calendars. Share your photos this season by tagging @kcpfoundation on Facebook, or @kentcountyparksfoundation on Instagram! We love seeing the art the community makes out of our parks’ scenery.
Did you know Fallasburg Park and the Fallasburg Historic District used to be a village? Maintained by the Fallasburg Historical Society, two museums and several historic sites from Fallasburg Village are adjacent to the park (on the south side of Covered Bridge Rd). According to the Historical Society, the district preserves what life was like for early Michigan settlers. More information about the history and settling of this area, including Mr. Fallass himself, can be found on the Fallasburg Historical Society’s website.
The covered bridge at Fallasburg is one of the few remaining in Michigan. Some interesting facts about this historical landmark:
- The bridge was completed in 1871 for a cost of $1500 (that’s around $36,000 in today’s money when adjusted for inflation).
- There’s record of at least two other bridges built before the covered bridge over the Flat River, but those were victims to flooding and ice jams.
- The bridge was built by Jared N. Bresee, a bridge builder from Ada
- The timbers of the bridge are white pine from Greenville
- The roof and siding of the covered bridge protect the timbers from rot
- The covered bridge became a National Historical Landmark on March 16, 1972
More information about the covered bridge can be found on the Fallasburg Historical Society’s website.