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Shaunghum Covered Bridge

Photos 

Shaunghum or Fobes Road Covered Bridge

1960s Postcard Winter View of South end of bridge

Color postcard

BH Photo #250979

Map 

Description 

The Shaunghum or Fobes Road Covered Bridge carried Fobes Road across the Grand River in Trumbull Twp., Ashtabula County, Ohio, 1911-1971. WGCB No. 35-04-21.

Built in 1911, the bridge was unique in that it was built without abutments, but rather sat on stilt-like wooden pilings.

In the early 1960s, a runaway truck struck the south portal of the bridge, causing severe damage that forced the bridge's permanent closure. In May of 1971, the bridge was deliberately burned when Ashtabula County officials asked the local fire department to burn it in a controlled burn exercise.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Howe truss bridge over Grand River on Township Road 119 Fobes Road
Location
Trumbull Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Status
Removed but not replaced
History
Built in 1911, the bridge was unique in that it was built without abutments, but rather sat on stilt-like wooden pilings.
Design
Howe through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 118.0 ft.
Also called
Fobes Road Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.69646, -80.89395   (decimal degrees)
41°41'47" N, 80°53'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/508824/4616080 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
East Trumbull
Inventory number
BH 55848 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 12, 2013: New photos from Patrick Toth
  • March 21, 2013: Updated by Patrick Toth: Correction of truss type
  • March 20, 2013: Added by Patrick Toth

Sources 

  • Patrick Toth

Comments 

Shaunghum Covered Bridge
Posted September 6, 2013, by LStauff (LAWPerry [at] aol [dot] com)

I took some pictures perhaps 15-20 years ago onsite - a wicked mess of overgrowth and undergrowth and watch your step!!! Anyway, the mid-river pilings underneath the Fobes Rd Bridge remain, and appear to have been made of iron, not wood. If I remember the jaunt and pictures correctly, they had been painted white, and the rust was bubbling through. But goodness! That was some 70,000-75,000 pictures ago.

Will post photos when I can locate them again. Or, if someone 1,000 miles closer to the site wouldn't mind pushing through the brush (CAREFULLY) to take a pic, well, that might be a bit faster!