|Located above MaMa
Mia's Restaurant, the Mackinaw Bridge Museum was created by the
restaurant's owner, J. C. Stilwell, who was one of the Ironworkers who
built the Mighty Mac - The Mackinac Bridge. The museum began when JC purchased
a spinning wheel (used to build the massive Mackinac Bridge cables on the
spot) and a copy of a movie about the building of the bridge. Ironworkers
from around the country began donating items to the museum, including a
diving suit, documents, photographs, and many tools and parts used during
the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.
MaMa Mia's and the Mackinaw Bridge Museum in 2004
On Sunday morning, August 28, 2005 a fire started in a
storage area near the museum. 5 hours later, MaMa Mia's Pizzeria and Restaurant,
and the Original Mackinac Bridge Historic Museum and Gift Shop were destroyed.
100 firefighters from seven departments helped battle the fire. One firefighter
suffered minor smoke inhalation.
Building the Bridge
50th Anniversary of opening the bridge