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Erie Street Swan Creek Sidecut Swing Bridge


Ohio Canal Swing bridge OH

Cleveland State University Library Photograph Collection

Photo taken by Douglas Butler in February 2015


BH Photo #375774



Lost Howe pony truss bridge over Swan Creek Sidecut/Miami & Erie Canal on Erie Street
Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio
No longer exists
Howe pony truss
Also called
Lock 52 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.64205, -83.54691   (decimal degrees)
41°38'31" N, 83°32'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/287884/4613168 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 75167 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Howe pony truss (64)
Howe truss (526)
Lost (22,900)
Lucas County, Ohio (66)
Miami & Erie Canal (11)
Movable (2,870)
Navigable waterway (2,094)
Ohio (3,222)
Pony truss (15,816)
Swing (1,382)
Toledo, Ohio (47)
Truss (31,637)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2017: Updated by Luke: GPS fix
  • January 13, 2017: Added by Douglas Butler


  • Douglas Butler
  • Luke


Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Dana

Glad the "crew" could sort it out. Always enjoy your bridge art.

Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Luke

According to the linked article, this was the bridge at Lock 52 on Erie Street.


Article also has pictures of a couple of fixed-span bridges and a couple pictures of the NKP swing bridge over Swan Creek.

Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thanks, Nathan. I did not realize that.

Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Thanks Nathan and Robert for your help

Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Howe trusses often have counters at each panel point and can look like other truss types as a result. Swing Howes often had curved top chords. The photo Doug has posted looks very similar to the Fox and Howard swing bridges that were popular in Chicago in the 1800s. You can see a photo of one here:



I am fairly certain it is closer to this bridge:


The road this bridge crossed was originally the Miami and Erie Canal, which was filled in. Immediately north of this canal was the Swan Creek and a riveted steel swing bridge was there. The caption in your photo seems to be describing a location where the swan creek and the canal were close to each other with Swan Creek acting as n alternate route for the canal.

Also, your caption mentions an Armada Mill, and I searched online and it appears that this mill, as well as the Swan Creek sidecut also mentioned in the caption were near Mill Street, Newton Street, and Logan Street, all of which are near this location as well. Here is the listing online:


Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, the stream looks a bit small to be navigable - although one could say the same thing for the (highly altered) Grand Calumet River as well.

The swing bridge in the drawings does not look like a Howe pony truss to me. Do we have two different bridges here?

Locks 49 Bridge
Posted January 13, 2017, by Douglas Butler

I wondered is this bridge the correct location ?