Rating:
7 votes

West Branch Black River Bowstring Bridge

Photo 

Scan from a newspaper

Provided by John Thompson, Jr.

BH Photo #244000

Map 

Description 

"Abandoned in a backyard north of Wellington, Ohio"

Facts 

Overview
Bowstring pony truss bridge over Black River (West Branch) on Possible old alignment of SR58
Location
Lorain County, Ohio
Status
Abandoned
History
Built ca.1880
Builder
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Design
Bowstring pony truss
Also called
Old SR58 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.20238, -82.21899   (decimal degrees)
41°12'09" N, 82°13'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/397794/4561939 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Wellington
Inventory number
BH 54710 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

19th Century (6,358)
Abandoned (3,131)
Bowstring pony truss (209)
Bowstring truss (407)
Built during 1880s (1,690)
Lorain County, Ohio (84)
Massillon Bridge Co. (108)
Ohio (2,951)
Owned privately (1,372)
Pony truss (15,136)
Truss (29,752)

Update Log 

  • December 1, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added location and likely fabricator
  • December 1, 2012: Added by Luke Harden

Sources 

Comments 

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted August 9, 2013, by John A. Thompson, Jr (jtrails642649 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This is believed to be the first bridge ever built to cross the Black River. From experience, this structure most likely had a wood deck that obviously has rotted away from time and elements. If approaching from the north at the roadways first curve, it is possible to see where the road path was, just on the other side of a guard rail that is meant to ptevent traffic from going into the downhill field that exists. It sort of disappears into some trees, however, and I have seen this, approaching and after crossing the bridge there is definate tell tale traces of the road where it use to be. This is the actual first alignment of route 58. Road has been relocated two or three times since to it's present alignment.

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

That's awesome.

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Very cool!

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

You can see it in bird's eye if you rotate the overhead view twice using the right-most rotation arrow.

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Have to use Bing aerial instead of Birdseye

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Really nice catch Luke!

I found it's location on the map and if you look at it in Bing you can make out the old road location. Appears it is likely an old alignment of SR 58.

I am 99% sure this is a Massillon built bowstring and it's definitely a pony.

Abandoned Bowstring Bridge
Posted December 1, 2012, by Luke Harden (lmharden [at] iastate [dot] edu)

I found out about this bridge researching the user of the Orange Creek Railroad Bridge.

All the info I have is that it's in a backyard north of Wellington.