Looking Back: Old iron bridge

Shelby - Utica News | Published April 5, 2017

This photograph shows the old iron bridge that carried Main Street (Auburn Road) over the Clinton River in Utica. It was taken in 1904 by the famous local photographer Louis Pesha. The Canadian-born Pesha settled in Marine City in 1901, where he opened a photography studio and postcard shop. For the next 11 years, Pesha traveled around Michigan in his steam-powered motor car — which you can see in this photo near the bridge — photographing buildings, ships and street scenes for his profitable postcard business. For this postcard, Pesha’s camera was standing near today’s Jimmy John’s Field looking east toward downtown Utica.  

Photo provided by the Utica Public Library. Caption provided by Hilary Davis, of the Shelby Township Historical Committee