There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ~ Marcel Proust
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Mighty Mac, The Bridge That Michigan Built by Jacquie Sewell Here at last is a book for kids that describes the nuts and bolts, and dreams and schemes that went into building the Mackinac Bridge. Once thought impossible, Mighty Mac now spans five miles of open water, connecting Michigan's two peninsulas. In Mighty Mac, The Bridge That Michigan Built you'll meet Prentiss Brown, the Senator who wouldn't let the dream die. You'll be inspired by David Steinman who imagined a "poem stretched across the stream", then designed it and built it, giving us Mighty Mac, one of the world's longest, and surely most beautiful, suspension bridges. And you'll learn about different types of bridges and the special equipment, like Gizmo, that was needed to build piers 120 feet beneath the water's surface. This is the book that celebrates the bridge that Michigan built.
Writing Mighty Mac Mighty Mac, The Bridge That Michigan Built began with a simple request. One of my library students asked for a book about the Mackinac Bridge. When I couldn't find any books about the bridge written for children I decided I would write one so that kids in Michigan and around the world could share in the "miracle" that became the Mackinac Bridge.
I used a lot of different materials in my research, including books, websites, newspaper articles, and in-person interviews. I was fortunate to be able to meet two members of the original Mackinac Bridge Authority: William Cochran, a board member, and Lawrence Rubin, the executive secretary for 32 years. Mighty Mac is illustrated using historic photographs taken by Herman Ellis during the construction of the bridge. A link to an online archive of those photos is below.
Learn More If you would like to learn more about the Mackinac Bridge I recommend the following resources:
Miracle Bridge at Mackinac by David Steinman
Mighty Mac, The Official Picture History of the Mackinac Bridge by Lawrence A. Rubin
The Mackinac Bridge Authority website. This is the official website for the bridge. Here you'll find statistics and information about the bridge including historic photos, current photos, and dates for the annual Bridge Walk.