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OH 37 - Raccoon Creek Bridge


OH 37 - Raccoon Creek Bridge

The Newark Advocate: December 10 1938


BH Photo #452334



Appears to have been a very old and lightweight Whipple truss. The 1963 date likely refers to a replacement bridge for the replacement bridge.


Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Raccoon Creek on OH 37
Licking County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Collapsed in 1938; NBI shows replacement in 1963
Whipple through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.08501, -82.60659   (decimal degrees)
40°05'06" N, 82°36'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/363029/4438429 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 85931 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Licking County, Ohio (57)
Lost (26,420)
Ohio (3,693)
Owned by state (16,242)
Replaced by new bridge (17,905)
Through truss (15,751)
Truss (33,914)
Whipple truss (423)

Update Log 

  • July 29, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 16, 2019: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • July 16, 2019: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch


  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


OH 37 - Raccoon Creek Bridge
Posted July 29, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I agree... The wrecked bridge is clearly a Whipple truss, while the postcard is of a Pratt.

OH 37 - Raccoon Creek Bridge
Posted July 29, 2021, by Luke

Postcard is not the same bridge

OH 37 - Raccoon Creek Bridge
Posted July 16, 2019, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

(3) seems at least possible, if only because this wouldn't be the only span to have an article posted recently that reported on a collapse, only for the replacement to not be until several years later. Seems like there's been at least a few of those posted.

If not, then the alternative would be that (2) comes into play for all of those as well.

OH 37 - Raccoon Creek Bridge
Posted July 16, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Although this bridge doesn't appear to be very long, the passing of a diagonal member through the first vertical on the Right side tells me that this was a Whipple truss.

As for the NBI discrepancy, there are a couple possibilities.

1) That the road was closed for 25 years before a new bridge was constructed... Seems highly unlikely for a bridge on a state route.

2) The 1963 bridge was a replacement OF the replacement. If a new span was thrown up hastily just to get the road back open then this seems far more feasible.

3) The bridge was able to be repaired and lasted another 25 years.

I would probably lean on option #2