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Broad Street Bridge


Findlay OH? Broad St Bridge?

Photo uploaded by Art S.


View this photo at ohiomemory.org

BH Photo #478551


Entry created based on and image and text copied from: https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p15005coll21/id/98...

Note: I have significant doubts about the accuracy of the text. Vertical endpost bridges, with few exceptions and I don't believe this to be one, were made prior to 1876.

Also, the photo has a date stamp of Feb 1959 and the armco supports that date vs. 1913. Thus, I believe the info provided with the picture is wrong.

This is an early 1870s WIBCo. product (1873?) and this photo was likely taken in Feb. of 1959. The rest of the history, in my opinion, is yet unknown. Also, If my statements are correct, the location is wrong.

A possible exception, making the location correct, is if this bridge was originally built on main street in 1873 as described here: https://books.google.com/books?id=dA7VAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA307&lpg=... and moved to Broad in 1889 as the Main Street bridge https://bridgehunter.com/oh/hancock/main-street/does not match the description in the book and 1889 seems like a more appropriate build date for the four truss line bridge that is presently listed.

However, if both were replaced in 1934 as is presently understood, this theory doesn't hold. I suspect the 1934 removal date for Broad may be wrong.

- Art S.

Title 1913 Flood - Broad Street bridge

Place Findlay (Ohio); Hancock County (Ohio)

Description Although the date of February 1959 was printed on the right side of this photograph, the photograph was actually taken during the Flood of 1913 (also known as the 1913 Flood), according to an issue of "The Courier" published on October 12, 2006. Page A4 of that issue contained this photograph, as well as the following caption: "Findlay's 1913 [Blanchard River] floodwaters flow under the bridge over Broad Street north of Maple Grove Cemetery. This bridge was the fourth in that location. It was in place from 1889 to 1934, and included trolley tracks. It was replaced in July 1935 and again in 2000. This photo was taken by Fay Feller, father of Ruth Brown of Findlay."

Creator Feller, Fay

Date of Original March 1913


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Blanchard River on Broad Ave.
Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio
No longer exists
Image lists it as built in 1889. Design suggests early 1870s.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Whipple through truss with vertical endposts!
Also called
Broad Ave. Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.04947, -83.66461   (decimal degrees)
41°02'58" N, 83°39'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/276058/4547669 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90218 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Findlay, Ohio (17)
Hancock County, Ohio (56)
Lost (30,064)
Ohio (4,700)
Through truss (17,904)
Truss (36,823)
Whipple truss (485)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co. (456)

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2022: Updated by Luke: Trimmed caption down significantly
  • August 10, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: blathered my ideas in the description.

Related Bridges 

  • Main Street Bridge (1873) (Parts reused from) - Historical sources seem to indicate that the 1873 Main Street Bridge was moved downriver to Broad Street in 1889


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Luke


Broad St. Bridge
Posted June 26, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I tend to agree with Art's ideas on this page...namely, that this is the 1873 Main Street Bridge that was relocated to Broad in 1889. HA shows a truss bridge still at Broad Avenue in 1959, and the timeline mentioned in Ohio Memory lines up with the chronology of bridges on Main Street.