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Panther Creek Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in August 2009


BH Photo #144476



I believe this may possibly be a rare surviving example of the Wrought Iron Bridge Company's "non-tubular" bowstring truss. A lost example of this type in Iowa shared many of the same characteristics of this bridge. http://bridgehunter.com/ia/howard/davis/


Bowstring through truss bridge over Panther Creek on Private driveway off of Sugar Grove Road about 1 mile West of Owens Road.
Miami County, Ohio
Abandoned after new private pony truss was constructed.
Future prospects
The house and property including the bridge is for sale. The condition of the bridge is poor, and the future of the bridge is uncertain.
Built ca. 1880
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio (likely fabricator)
Wrought iron Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.07923, -84.36326   (decimal degrees)
40°04'45" N, 84°21'48" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/724824/4439882 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pleasant Hill
Inventory number
BH 43127 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 18, 2015: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • August 31, 2014: New photos from Janis Ford
  • November 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added possible fabricator for this span
  • August 3, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge's future is uncertain.
  • February 8, 2010: New photo from Anthony Dillon
  • August 12, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added coordinates
  • August 6, 2009: Added by Anthony Dillon



Panther Creek Bridge
Posted September 1, 2014, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks like they bought a mail-order Warren pony... Or had a local shop class weld them up one.

It is great to see that they didn't do the unthinkable with this rare bowstring! Now if we can just get it preserved somewhere!