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Kokosing River Bridge


1879 CBW business card

As I have yet to find any detail about this bridge besides Columbia Bridge Works being the builder, its approximate location, its 83' length, its superstructure bid of $1,162 and the June 3 Let date, I'll place this 1879 postmarked business card as a placeholder.

Photo uploaded by Art S.

BH Photo #463307


Location a guess


Lost Bridge over Kokosing River
Fredricktown, Knox County, Ohio
No longer exists
Let June 3, 1879 for $14 per foot for the superstructure
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
Length of largest span: 83.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.46977, -82.57427   (decimal degrees)
40°28'11" N, 82°34'27" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/366543/4481089 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87629 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 31, 2019: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • December 30, 2019: Added by Art S.


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


Wayne twp., Knox Co. near Fredricktown
Posted January 1, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


I took a look at mine. I think it has always been yellow. It's actually an envelope, not a business or post card although about the size of one. The vertical writing says: "RETURN IF NOT CALLED FOR WITHIN TEN DAYS" so I'm guessing it's for some sort of preliminary response to a published request for proposals. If so, it contained a card with the company name on the front and a table with a series of blanks for outlining the RFP specification details (I have one of those cards FOR WIBCo. but not CBW). My CBW envelope is empty.


Art S.

Wayne twp., Knox Co. near Fredricktown
Posted December 31, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Hi Nathan,

I think it was a stamp auction. The postmark and stamp apparently were identified as 1879 (not by me). I don't recall what is on the other one.

Happy New Year!

Art S.

Wayne twp., Knox Co. near Fredricktown
Posted December 31, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Art, what is the source of this material, I don't recall seeing this historical business card online before.