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Rushville Covered Bridge


Simon Hyde Rushcreek Covered Bridge

looking north

Photo from old postcard


BH Photo #512038


Lost covered multiple kingpost through truss bridge over Little Rush Creek and NYC Railroad on Rushville Road NE
Fairfield County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1842; Rebuilt 1892; Replaced 1928
- Jacob R. Brandt (Reconstruction)
- Jonathan Coulson (Original builder)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Toledo & Ohio Central Railway (T&OC)
Covered multiple kingpost truss with added arches over Little Rush Creek with Pratt pony truss approach span over railroad
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76393, -82.43947   (decimal degrees)
39°45'50" N, 82°26'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/376702/4402546 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95084 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 1, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Corrected truss type per Tony's input
  • January 1, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Modified builder information
  • November 15, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs

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Rushville Covered Bridge
Posted January 1, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I wouldn't doubt it Paul... may originally have even been an open wooden approach there.

Rushville Covered Bridge
Posted January 1, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Hmm, good catch, Tony! I fixed the truss types correspondingly.

I wonder if the Pratt pony was installed during the 1892 rebuild? The railroad shows up in an 1875 Historic Map Works map so it probably replaced a timber covered pony.

Rushville Covered Bridge
Posted January 1, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree with Paul that this is indeed the same bridge in both photos.

However, with the arches not extending below the lower chord and into the abutments this is not a true Burr Arch truss. I have read about this bridge in the past. If I remember correctly, Jonathan Coulson originally built it in 1842 as a "simple" Buckingham (Multiple Kingpost) truss. J.R. Brandt likely added the arches when he rebuilt the bridge 50 years later.