ON the TRAIL
Lake County- bridge across the Pere Marquette River on South Branch Road.
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Upper Branch Bridge is the name of the location where the trail crosses the Pere Marquette River on South Branch Road, but the bridge itself is dedicated to Matt Stevensen.
Matthew Stevesen came from Norway in 1888 to Stearns Siding to be a logger. He was interested in marrying and starting a family, but couldn't find any girl to his liking. For eight years, he wrote letters to Ingeborg Clomen, back in Norway, imploring her to come to the United States. The charming letters survive, and Ingeborg claimed she was unsuitable because she was a "most simple girl." Matt replied, "we have no use for the word 'simple' because we are equal" here. In 1896, Ingeborg acquiesed and Matt bought her passage to join him at Stearns Siding.
Upper Branch Bridge
Lake County Historical Society
Nagle, Michael. Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron. 2015. pp 22-23.
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