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Posted October 16, 2018, by Brandon Cooper

Some more information on the bridge and its eventual replacement: https://ycitynews.com/2264/news/philo-duncan-falls-bridge-to...

Posted October 15, 2018, by Art Suckewer

Luke,

I think this one conforms to Linville's 1862 patent 34,183.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted October 15, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Done

Posted October 15, 2018, by Luke

Art, can you label imgs 5 & 12 as being shots of the Linville patent truss?

Posted October 14, 2018, by Brandon Cooper

This bridge is nearing the end of its lifespan. Seen a bunch of construction equipment on both sides of the river, including a big crane. Start looking into changing the status pretty soon, maybe end of the year to sometime in spring 2019.

Posted October 14, 2018, by MARK RHODES (rhodes_mark [at] comcast [dot] net)

Missing information:

Located in the village of Pioneer, Williams County, Ohio.

Posted October 10, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for the updated pictures Janis!

Posted October 5, 2018, by J-Wolf17FTW (jwolf17ftw [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was featured in this video. (It's a good one too) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

Posted September 18, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Thanks Tony, deleted

Posted September 18, 2018, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Photo #8 is not of the Forder Bridge. The portals are different and this is a 3-span structure (Forder was only 2). This bridge was likely on SR 49 just North of Antwerp.

Posted September 14, 2018, by John Diehl (JRDIII1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is located at 1700 Highland Ridge road,Lowell,Ohio within Washington County. I took photos of it on private property.

Posted September 14, 2018, by John Diehl (JRDIII1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is located at 1700 Highland Ridge road,Lowell,Ohio within Washington County. I took photos of it on private property.

Posted September 14, 2018, by John Diehl (JRDIII1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is located at 1700 Highland Ridge road,Lowell,Ohio within Washington County. I took photos of it on private property.

Posted September 7, 2018, by John Diehl (JRDIII1956 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge is listed in a field in Washington county south of macksburg Ohio. This site incicates it's located in Noble County Ohio. What is correct ?

Posted September 2, 2018, by Ken Durham (Kenneth [dot] Durham2 [at] gmail [dot] com)

City is considering demolition of this historic bridge and replacing...

Posted September 1, 2018, by Nora Zeller (mrsnspectr [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yes this bridge has been rehabbed. In the early 80's I believe it had a wooden deck. I remember the noise it made when driving over it. Next time I'm up home i will have to check it out along with all my favorite bridges. I see lots of them have changed. Love this site!

Posted August 17, 2018, by Anonymous

To the best of my knowledge, the Independence Bowstring Bridge is the only bridge in the United States, or Canada for that matter, that uses both Phoenix columns and Keystone columns.

Posted August 17, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

My bad; I took a quick glance on a smaller screen and thought the cross section was similar to Independence. It is in configuration but uses Keystone type rather than Phoenix type sections. BTW, image 6 of the Independence bridge shows both types (the pony span has the Keystone style).

Regards,

Art S.

Posted August 17, 2018, by Rocky chevalier (Rockysnews [at] gmail [dot] com)

Itís being torn down.

Posted August 16, 2018, by Anonymous

I just enlarged a photo. Yep, this one has the Keystone style not the Phoenix Style.

I suspected that Phoenix column sections could be modified with other forms of iron. Thanks to Nathan for confirming that.

Posted August 16, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I also should add that someone mentioned the "flat section" on the top chord of the Phoenix columns, this is because regular Phoenix iron columns are actually composed of several sections of partial circles that are riveted together and so it was easy to create other shapes by instead combining these partial sections with other pieces of steel like channel for example. The mill would have sold the sections by the each to anyone who wanted just the sections.

Posted August 16, 2018, by Nathan B Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The Caledonia Bridge uses the Keystone-style columns as do the vast majority of Wrought Iron Bridge Company (WIBC) bowstrings. I have never seen a Keystone column style WIBC bowstring with a name brand on it, so I have never been able to prove if they were using genuine Keystone columns however the shape profile of these columns do match Keystone design. As for the few bridges where WIBC used Phoenix Columns in all three such bridges in which I have documented, those bridges used patented Phoenix columns and all have the name Phoenix name rolled into the columns so those are 100% genuine patented Phoenix columns, in addition to the one in Kansas mentioned the following bridges also use the Phoenix sections: http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=mi... and http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=oh...

Posted August 16, 2018, by Anonymous

I have not visited this bridge in person but I have visited the Independance Bowstring Bridge in Independence, Kansas. That bridge has Phoenix columns for the main span. In fact, the columns are actually stamped with Phoenix brands. I would not be surprised if these columns are stamped as well.

There was some debate on this website as to whether or not the Phoenix columns on the Independence Bridge were truly Phoenix columns or whether they were a knockoff. Given the stamps, I would call them genuine Phoenix columns even if they do have a flat surface on the top.

Posted August 16, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Those are a form of Phoenix Columns. They also used a dirivative of Carnegie's Keystone Columns.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted August 16, 2018, by Daniel

I've been looking through a few Wrought Iron Bridge Co bridges, it's interesting that they use something very similar to Phoenix Columns.

I wonder if they were related companies in any way. I'd have assumed Phoenix Columns were patented.

Posted August 13, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Wow! Nice find

Posted August 13, 2018, by David Case

This is supposed to be the oldest truss bridge standing in Ohio. It was restored in 2010 and the Sippo Valley trail now passes underneath it. This is a very nice spot to visit and appreciate this old bridge.

Posted July 22, 2018, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)
Posted July 19, 2018, by anne (familycraziness [at] earthlink [dot] net)

they took the bridge out dont know what happened to it.

Posted July 17, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Observant visitors to this bridge will notice the west plaque shows Canton Bridge Co. while the eastern plaque shows Central Concrete Construction Co. These two companies as I understand were separate, but they seem to have worked together often. I assume one fabricated and the other erected.

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.

Posted July 4, 2018, by Douglas Roberts (robertsdouglas [at] att [dot] net)

I thought you might be interested to know that my great grandfather Frank S. Miller built an exact scale model of this bridge. It is part of the Ohio Historical Society's collection. I took photos of it about 20 years ago. I uploaded a view of the front/side.

Posted June 3, 2018, by Jessica Phillips (jesslayton91 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is it haunted?

If so, what's the story?

Posted May 22, 2018, by Homer

I remember walking across this bridge and it would shake when you walked across . It was kind of scary it got worse and worse. I didn't go across it the summer of 93 then I seen it on the news that it collapsed. I know where the Reed Bridge sign is should be worth something someday.

Posted May 19, 2018, by Kelly (wildbilly0690 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

38į36'11.2"N 82į40'15.0"W

I found the coordinates on www.historicaerials.com of the abandoned tunnel

Posted May 16, 2018, by Charles W McDowell (cwire44 [at] att [dot] net)

This bridge is not on the Germantown Rd! It crossed the Miami & Erie canal just north of the downtown area at today's junction of Verity Parkway (former canal) with Tytus Ave to the northeast and Main st to the southwest. In addition to the highway it also carried the electric traction line over the canal.

Posted May 13, 2018, by Art S (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Chester,

Great find!

John,

I'd guess that the truss dates from the late 1860s to the late 1870s.

Regards,

Art S.

Posted May 13, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Chester, tremendous find! wonder if other side in a farm building near by.....

Posted May 13, 2018, by John Marvig (marvigj27 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Wow! What a treat! Hopefully this one isnít too far gone to be restored. Anyone have any idea of the date for this tiny structure? I donít know a lot about bowstrings, but Iíve gotta imagine it dates to the 1880s or so

Posted May 13, 2018, by Brian Manville

Nice find, Chester! I would love to know what it looked like when it was built.

Posted May 4, 2018, by Douglas Butler

No don't think so

Posted May 4, 2018, by Stephanie (stephforce [at] aol [dot] com)

Does anyone know if you can walk on the lower deck?

Posted May 2, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The Singing Bridge under siege----floods from 1937,1948,1949,1952, and 1964.

Posted April 27, 2018, by roger meade (rmvlogs18 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Me and a few friends have been there and looked around and it was very cool. Believe it or not we even jumped off of it . We jumped from the top part and it was scary. I have a friend named Nixon and he is about 350 pounds and he even jumped from the very top part.

Posted April 25, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

100% replacement of superstructure/main span = replacement. That has been a standard on this website (and mine) for a long time. Moreover, the composition of the built-up beams in the replacement truss do not match the historic truss, which further differs this project from heavy rehabs of bridges in Chicago where sometimes up to 90% of the truss spans have been replaced, albeit with near exact replicas with exception of rivets. http://www.americanbridge.net/featured-projects/columbus-roa...

Posted April 25, 2018, by Douglas Butler

The lift span was replaced by a lift span same 2013 to the two towers correct and painted green then in service I'm from Cleveland the proof is in the pudding that the Columbus road bridge is still in use for vehicles

Posted April 25, 2018, by Luke

This bridge only had one span. That span was replaced in 2013. That means (drumroll) that the bridge is lost.

Furthermore, the "superstructure replaced" status option that Amanda herself used is nested below "demolished" in the dropdown box. So, by the webmaster's own standards, the bridge is lost.

It's lost. It should be marked as such.

Posted April 25, 2018, by Douglas Butler

Luke

This bridge is not lost or removed this bridge was painted green after a few years of the lift span replaced with another lift span, this bridge is still in use for vehicle traffic.

Posted April 24, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

You are more correct than you may know. Section 106 has just started with this bridge to "address safety concerns associated with the bridge" which means the bridge either is likely going to be repaired or demolished in the future.

Posted April 24, 2018, by Brian B (mr [dot] bonnough [at] yahoo [dot] com)

She's getting older everyday, soon there will be nothing left. I took a DRONE flight over it yesterday and wanted to share it with someone who appreciated it.

https://youtu.be/p3ExqJb7sOk

Posted April 22, 2018, by Debi Carter (Debistepp [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know now , that this was a very stupid thing to do, but back in the 70's, my two girlfriends and I jumped off of this bridge and swam to the side of the Little Miami river. It was a very hot summer and just something a lot of the kids were doing at the time for lack of anything else to do. I do believe that there were some others down there with us also, I just can't remember who it was so very long ago, but I do distinctly remember my two girlfriends being there. My name was Debi Link at the time.

I also remember my toes hitting the dirt at the bottom of the river, thank goodness that was all that hit the bottom!

Just thought I'd share this with you! So glad to have an awesome picture of the bridge now!

Posted April 22, 2018, by Debi Carter (Debistepp [at] gmail [dot] com)

I know now , that this was a very stupid thing to do, but back in the 70's, my two girlfriends and I jumped off of this bridge and swam to the side of the Little Miami river. It was a very hot summer and just something a lot of the kids were doing at the time for lack of anything else to do. I do believe that there were some others down there with us also, I just can't remember who it was so very long ago, but I do distinctly remember my two girlfriends being there. My name was Debi Link at the time.

I also remember my toes hitting the dirt at the bottom of the river, thank goodness that was all that hit the bottom!

Just thought I'd share this with you! So glad to have an awesome picture of the bridge now!

Posted April 18, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan, Yeah, I hate to see little hidden treasures like this one go. Seems if they're not being torn down by idiots then they're dying from neglect. I must admit this one captivated the imagination a little, picturing what was U.S. 68 once upon a time crossing this. I would be curious to know when this was by-passed, much like I wish I had more info on the history of it's cousin down in Higginsport. At least the Higginsport Bridge does not seem to have the abutment issues this one did, but it has been engulfed by many a flood. I have to wonder what hope there is for abandoned structures like these?

Posted April 17, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Rick,

The loss of the bridge is tragic and extremely disappointing. However it is possible the county has left the remains there in an attempt to confirm whether any of the wrought iron (highly valued by blacksmiths and researchers) is desired by anyone. ODOT is making an active effort to foster better communication with counties about their historic bridges so the status of bridges can be better maintained and interested individuals can be kept up-to-date on any updates.

Posted April 16, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)
Posted April 15, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I have to admit I didn't think this bridge would last long the last time I visited---the abutment was clearly close to failure. With all the remains still on the bank a month and a half later, I'll assume nobody wants to be responsible for an abandoned bridge?

Posted April 4, 2018, by Sandor Gulyas (sgulya1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Morrow County, with financial assistance from Ohio Dept. of Transportation, will be replacing this bridge in 2018.

Posted March 29, 2018, by Steven D. Huelskamp (stevendhuelskamp [at] gmail [dot] com)

Bridge is now used by Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad.

Posted March 29, 2018, by Steven D. Huelskamp (stevendhuelskamp [at] gmail [dot] com)

I went through St. Marys the other month and this bridge has been removed. Growing up in St. Marys, I crossed this bridge many of times!

Posted March 26, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Found what appears to be a March 9, 2018 update:

http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2018/03/u...

Quote from the Article: "The price of metal ďhas gone up quite a bitĒ in recent years, and a local recycler who has done similar work could likely be willing to take on the work of salvaging the 5,200 tons of metal in the bridge, he said. The Bellaire Bridge is actually constructed of a higher grade metal that is in demand, according to Longwell."

A higher grade metal on this historic bridge... You know, you think they would learn something from a statement like that. But as they still plan to demolish the bridge, I guess not.

Posted March 26, 2018, by Todd D Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an image of a postcard of a very familiar bridge from my childhood. The current concrete box replacement is showing deterioration as said over the years in the local paper. Defiance is replacing the Clinton Street bridge showing similar deterioration next year. I see the current Hopkins Street bridge the next project

Posted March 22, 2018, by Tom Hoffman

The bridge has been closed due to an accident on Tuesday night. Apparently a vehicle lost control hitting one of the vertical posts. The radio report said the bridge should be closed until further notice and repairs can be made.

Posted March 16, 2018, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

Here's a link to a video about the history of the bridges in that location. http://www.scorphq.com/YouTube/pg.php?v=hs4ZXHbB30E

Posted March 14, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In the angled picture there are clearly no supports for the bridge, but when it was demolished there were two piers like the modern bridge has. I would assume the piers became necessary by the semis that used to pound 52 back in the 60's and 70's, which might also account for its relatively short lifespan.

Posted March 14, 2018, by rick shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I would love to know the story behind this picture. In looking at the dirt road that is now U.S. 52, I wonder if this could be the opening of the bridge?

Posted March 12, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)
Posted March 5, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Unusual to see closed spandrel arches in this configuration.

Posted March 5, 2018, by David Case

This is such a wonderful bridge in a very scenic setting. Massive stone abutments. The bridge appears to be unaltered since its original build.

Posted March 4, 2018, by Robert Harris (rharr73 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Found a map from 1896 listing this crossing as Canal St. Itís a shame the builder plaques have been removed.

Posted March 3, 2018, by Mike Tewkesbury (gb_packards [at] yahoo [dot] com)

The bridge was built after the 1913 flood.

Posted March 1, 2018, by Anonymous

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Posted March 1, 2018, by Paul Farrier (paulfarrier [at] gmail [dot] comm)

Old and new pictures show an arch. A multiple kingpost with an arch is called a Burr Arch. Why isn't this bridge a Burr Arch?

The bridge was being used as a carriage house when I visited it. Is this a public or privately owned bridge?

Posted March 1, 2018, by darrell roberts (who [at] tec1000 [dot] com)

silly nick names is an insult to the people who the landmark was to honer,

at least give the real name top billing

but if you want to give landmarks silly nicknames I have a list of ideas

we can call Paul brown stadium SUCKER STADIUM

and the Brent Spence bridge the Perkins Pancake bridge

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge the - white castle bridge

and how about we call the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge policeman's leap

I understand that we have a lot of people that only have a 6th grad education and

things like the names of places and landmarks is too much for them to grasp but I hold

journalist to a higher standard as I think that they would want me to.

So why can't they set a good example and get the names correct ?

Posted February 26, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The email exchange mentioned the county was waiting for the water level to go down to complete bridge removal suggesting the water level has been high, but I didn't receive actual confirmation that the floods caused the collapse. Even if they did there are multiple potential causes for a collapse during a flood.

Posted February 26, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan did a good photo documentation of this bridge for his website. When looking through his photos, I noticed that the abutments on this bridge were developing some serious cracks though I have certainly seen worse.

Was this area hit by flooding? I know they have had some rain back east. Regardless, this was a highly significant bridge and it's collapse represents a devastating loss.

Now, somebody is going to have an expensive environmental clean up.

Posted February 26, 2018, by Joe Yoman (ponchoman49 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Now that is just sad! It's bad enough we have mother nature and the various DOT's killing these off as it is but to have one just collapse is just wrong. Wonder what gave out to make the whole thing collapse like this.

Posted February 26, 2018, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

TERRIBLE LOSS

Please, please don't let this happen to your bridge. There is nothing worse than finding a bridge in the water.

Posted February 26, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

According to the info and photo supplied by the county, this bridge collapsed on the night of February 18, 2018.

Posted February 24, 2018, by Jan Churgovich Bach (churkko [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Do you have any information as to when the original covered bridge was built and when it came down? My grandparents lived down the road. They moved there in the 1920's and I was wondering if the covered bridge was there then. Thanks for any info you can give.

Posted February 18, 2018, by chris riggsby (maripoppenz1963 [at] roadrunner [dot] com)

the covered bridge no longer exist it is a steel bridge just like the ones in the other two pics !

Posted February 5, 2018, by Donna Ross (etlingdross [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Been up and down #36 many times. Love old picture of the

bridge, and newer picture is just beautiful.

Posted January 30, 2018, by Matt Lohry

This was a full replacement for sure. I donít think it could get any uglier...

Posted January 30, 2018, by Mark Goudy (mark [dot] e [dot] goudy [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is actually just known as "Putnam Bridge". There was a public naming contest with Marquis de Lafayette Bridge being the runner-up.

Posted January 30, 2018, by Mark Goudy (mark [dot] e [dot] goudy [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge was replaced circa 2015. I'm not sure if the deck was replaced but the sides definitely were.

Posted January 26, 2018, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

NBI shows different build dates, 1895 and 1901, depending on the listing year.

Posted January 25, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Many Thanks Luke!

Posted January 21, 2018, by Paul Holzsc (holzsc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hi, I posted my 1962 construction photos of the Hamline bridge at

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikonimages/sets/7215766490592....

Any idea when I70 opened for traffic under the bridge?

Thanks,

Paul

Posted January 5, 2018, by Luke

There's now a trail below, with very maximum-security-prison-esque fencing.

Posted January 5, 2018, by Luke

Pretty sure the truss pictured in the postcard is the same as this one, which now exists as a private road bridge: https://bridgehunter.com/oh/lorain/bh54724/

Posted January 5, 2018, by Wade Logan (wadeloganart [at] gmail [dot] com)

Tony -

I live on Martin Hill, word from my neighbor the bridge is still in storage and that there were plans to reconstruct the bridge in its entirely as a display in Georgetown for the Brown County Fair.

Posted December 30, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

What is wrong with watching trains? Trains are relaxing.

Posted December 30, 2017, by Anonymous

Does someone have a problem with rail enthusiasts?

Posted December 29, 2017, by ice pont (sumatra)

Begone foamers!

Posted December 29, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

Looks like a perfect spot for railfanning.

Posted December 29, 2017, by Brandon Cooper

I really don't understand why Muskingum County neglected these two bridges, but it shows what happens when you neglect and have no crossing for many miles. If you want to cross the river by truck, you either have to go across at Zanesville or go to McConnellsville.

Posted December 26, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The county and ODOT are currently requesting SHPO reevaluation of this bridge for National Register Eligibility. It currently is listed as Ineligible, and are requesting it be eligible.

I added the builder and Agent from the company, and the local name for the bridge (at the time it was built) per county records forwarded to me by Tom Barrett at ODOT.

Posted December 22, 2017, by mike beadle (mbeadles [at] sssnet [dot] com)

I can not find western portal. Was it destroyed?

Posted December 16, 2017, by William Roha (billroha [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is currently closed.

There are photos from September 2017 here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Swartz+Bridge/@40.7706128,...

Posted December 14, 2017, by Erik Baldwin (chinacat1966 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My apologies to Mike for claiming this was not the bridge he said it was. I mistook this bridge for a different PC RR one over Duck Creek-same abandoned right of way though. The one I was talking about is north of Whipple OH.

It is in the middle of a farmer's field near the intersection of T 16 and T 315 roads. Here is a picture I took from Google earth of it.

Posted December 10, 2017, by James McCray (jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Just added this one. On the view on Google Earth you can see where the abandoned alignment of US 40-National Road crosses a creek with a bridge. Now the old alignments of Nationl Road in this area are usually original arch bridges. So can one figure this out? Is this one of those?