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Bickham Covered Bridge 35-46-03



Photo taken June 2005 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108350


Covered bridge over South Fork Miami River on CR 38
Logan County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1877; rehabilitated 1959
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 91.9 ft.
Total length: 106.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Miami Valley Pike Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.47443, -83.84042   (decimal degrees)
40°28'28" N, 83°50'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/259212/4484292 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 4633431 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-46-03 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 27884 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (9,231)
Built 1877 (126)
Built during 1870s (1,427)
Covered (2,874)
Great Miami River (122)
Howe through truss (597)
Howe truss (741)
Logan County, Ohio (54)
NR-eligible (4,125)
Ohio (4,875)
One-lane traffic (8,053)
Open (41,256)
Owned by county (21,822)
Select (531)
Smith Bridge Co. (133)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,759)
Through truss (18,241)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,538)
Truss (37,281)
Wooden deck (6,229)

Update Log 

  • June 26, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • October 22, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added category "Great Miami River"
  • August 28, 2020: Updated by Matthew Hemmer: made map pin more accurate
  • December 10, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 5, 2015: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed builder
  • September 8, 2015: New photos from Janis Ford
  • March 19, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added builder, other name & imported photo
  • April 7, 2006: Posted photos from Jack Schmidt


  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Janis Ford
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Matthew Hemmer - matthemmer1994 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Paul Plassman


Bickham Covered Bridge 35-46-03
Posted September 7, 2014, by tom tweed (thomasjtweed [at] yahoo [dot] com)

After riding in the hot car for an hour, as kids, we knew we

were very close to my Grandparents' cottage on the east side

of Indian Lake when we finally got to this bridge. It was

just a few more minutes to O'Connor's Landing and Lake Breeze Drive from there. Dad always honked the car horn

before crossing this bridge -- and while inside it, too,

very loud, I guess that was because it's only one lane and

that was the "rule of the road" back then (early 1960's).

I think the car count listed is way too low, back when the

Indian Lake Playland amusement park was popular, there was

quite a bit of traffic across this bridge. It's a landmark

known to anyone who spent summer weekends on the east side

of Indian Lake, or who drove all the way around the lake.