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New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05

Photos 

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger

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BH Photo #126218

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Whiteoak Creek on Bethel New Hope Road
Location
Brown County, Ohio
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1878 by Josiah Bryant
Builder
- Josiah Bryant
Design
Covered Howe through truss
Dimensions
Total length: 172.0 ft.
Also called
Bethel Road Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95950, -83.91567   (decimal degrees)
38°57'34" N, 83°54'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/247360/4316326 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Hamersville
Inventory numbers
ODOT 830283 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-08-05 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 27328 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 26, 2014: New photos from james back
  • March 18, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added street view & imported photo
  • May 27, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 16, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • October 16, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger

Sources 

  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • james back
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted July 5, 2018, by Bill Bowser (webowser [at] me [dot] com)

If you go south of New Hope about 1/4 mile on OH-68 and then east on Bethel New Hope Rd. a couple hundred yards there is easy access to the bridge on your right and no one to interfere with you.

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted December 30, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Hey mike, way cool bridge. Be kind to us old poops at least he is "Protecting" bridge from those with less honorable intent! Curious if any flint chips or debitage in area and if they were Flint Ridge origin or Hornstone. Happen to see any? Dana

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted December 30, 2016, by Mike

Visited it on 12/29/16. I just happened to spot it back in the weeds while traveling. I drove past it and accidentally found the actual access road while trying to turn around on Rt 68. The old poop in the white house came out and glared at me, but was sensible enough to keep his mouth shut. The roadway and bridge are VERY clearly public domain so dont take any crap from the old jerk. If he engages you - tell him youre gonna call the sheriff.

Its worth getting out and looking at the foundation of the bridge on the east side. The stone work is impressive and interesting. It appears that the arches may have been replaced and re-set. See photo below. There is an empty key on the foundation - and the current arches look unweathered as does the hardware. The buttress at the base of the arches also looks new. However the arch inside the bridge is full of nails - as if posters and flyers had been hung over the years. This suggests that the arch may be the original.

The location of the bridge was thoughtfully selected. As a geologist I noticed that it was both on a straight segment of the river so as to avoid under cutting and it was on bedrock. I suspect the bedrock is limestone of the Ordovician aged "Whitewater Formation" - if this is true, it should be loaded with fossils - making a look under the bridge even more fun with kids. The sandy beach under the makes for a nice picnic spot.

New Hope Covered Bridge
Posted July 10, 2012, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

FYI - It's still a county owned roadway and bridge, and is not on private property as long as you park along the roadway or within the right-of-way (typically, 5 feet from edge line).

New Hope Covered Bridge
Posted June 27, 2010, by Anonumos (lcindy35 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

beautiful bridge still intact i took the family to see the bridge and the kids really thought it was cool although a fellow that lives in a white house up the street tried to stop us claiming it as private property almost ruined our trip after a descussion about it being listed as a historical bridge he let us pass