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Fort Defiance Bridge


Columbus Metropolitan Library

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BH Photo #279679



Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Maumee River on Clinton Street
Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Whipple through truss
Also called
Clinton Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.28920, -84.36123   (decimal degrees)
41°17'21" N, 84°21'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/720961/4574220 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Defiance East
Inventory number
BH 60234 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Defiance County, Ohio (39)
Defiance, Ohio (12)
Lost (24,769)
Maumee River (30)
Ohio (3,410)
Pin-connected (3,902)
Replaced by new bridge (16,603)
Through truss (15,087)
Truss (32,814)
Whipple truss (387)

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added name, type, and link top hisotrical image
  • March 13, 2014: Added by Dave King



Purple Heart Bridge
Posted July 12, 2020, by Todd Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Ft Defiance Bridge is now called the Purple Heart Bridge. The new bridge opened December 2, 2019.

Clinton Street Bridge
Posted April 22, 2015, by Luke

The railroad bridge is of a different design (Pratt) than Clinton Street (Looks like a Whipple.)

This image shows the Clinton Street Bridge better, and it's the same design as shown in the postcard: https://server16007.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?...

Clinton Street Bridge
Posted April 22, 2015, by David Michael (fr1939 [at] copper [dot] net)

This is not the Clinton street bridge, it is the rail road bridge (abandoned) west of it 2 or 3 blocks. Note the train cars in your picture on a "street" bridge???