Bridging the Straits: The Story of Mighty Mac

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Wayne State University Press, 1985 - History - 192 pages
The project—the longest total suspension bridge in the world—would span the Starits of Mackinac where winds exceed eighty miles an hour and ice windrows reach a height of forty feet. It would connect two largely rural communities with a combined population of less than four thousand and would require the largest bond issue ever proposed for the construction of a bridge. Little wonder that some Wall Street investors labeled the proposition as ludicrous. Nonetheless, the Mackinac Bridge became a reality.
 

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Contents

THE INNKEEPER
6
LUCK BREEDS OPPORTUNITY
13
A NATURAL DISASTER
40
EMIL PELTZ SAVES THE
46
A NEW PITCH
54
HOW LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES
64
CASTING THE
84
THE LASTMINUTE BRIDGE BLOCK
95
THE THIRTYFOOT MOVE
113
CAME THE DAY
125
THE ULTIMATE COST
135
GREEN AND WHITE MAIZE AND BLUE
145
YEAREND PIECES
154
25
160
Index
167
Copyright

THE TWENTYFIVE MINUTE BRIDGE
103

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Lawrence A. Rubin, executive secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority from 1950 to 1983, pulls no punches with this lively and absorbing account of who tried to torpedo the project and who was responsible for its success.

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