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Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01

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Photo taken by Chris Light

BH Photo #108383

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Covered bridge over Little Twin Creek on E. Center St.. in Germantown
Location
Montgomery County, Ohio
Status
Open to pedestrians only
History
Built 1865; relocated 1911
Builders
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
Design
Inverted bowstring through truss
Dimensions
Span length: 100.0 ft.
Total length: 100.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.62633, -84.36500   (decimal degrees)
39°37'35" N, 84°21'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/726159/4389603 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Miamisburg
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5767172 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-57-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 71000647 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28075 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2021: Updated by Art Suckewer: Corrected build date per HAER which also explained the 1870 date
  • July 7, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added CBW as builders - that way all name derivatives/incarnations of the company's are captured when searching CBW
  • July 22, 2018: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added builder
  • July 5, 2018: Updated by Bill Bowser: Street location corrected
  • November 6, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • July 6, 2014: New photos from James McCray
  • June 26, 2014: New photos from james back
  • March 20, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 16, 2013: New photos from james back
  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Jeffery A Barnes
  • March 31, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added Google Street View.
  • January 12, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • August 10, 2006: Posted photos from Chris Light

Sources 

  • Chris Light - CJKADJ [at] juno [dot] com
  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • james back
  • James McCray - jamesinslocomb [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Bill Bowser - webowser [at] me [dot] com
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 4, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for confirming, Will.

I wonder how he selected what to propose considering the breadth of his design portfolio.

Regards,

Art S.

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 4, 2021, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Art -

Having visited the Germantown (as part of an organized tour while in attendance of the FHWA's 2nd Natn'l CB Con in nearby Dayton) as well as having had to do with and so having a familiarity other combination trusses, I would wholeheartedly agree -

The Germantown is not a one-off or a first-off exploring the market. Morrison almost certainly built other examples, Production-ready and clearly with an ability to find bridge work he/they would've undoubtedly found a short span market to tap.

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 3, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Here is the HAER documentation for the bridge, including proof of the 1865 build date (in spite of the big 1870 painted on it):

https://tile.loc.gov/storage-services/master/pnp/habshaer/oh... I have doubts that this was Morrison's first inverted bowstring as the description proposes. The description suggests Morrison came up with the design in 1858, I've seen references to Morrison building one in 1859 but nothing conclusive yet.

The description can be found in the overall HAER listing for the bridge.

https://loc.gov/pictures/item/oh1715/

Regards,

Art S.

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 13, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Oh I believe it... Same with Ceylon!

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 12, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Tony,

I had heard that it is known to be 1865 but it has been labeled 1870 so long the incorrect label is now historic in its own right...

Not kidding...

Regards,

Art S.

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 12, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I just checked Miriam Wood's book and she has it listed as being built in 1865 as well. She was known to be a very thorough researcher, so that definitely raises a question as to the validity of the 1870 date.

The Ceylon Covered Bridge in Indiana has always donned an 1860 date, even after the restoration a couple years ago... and even after Jim Cooper's research proved it was actually built in 1879. Good luck fighting the locals to get that incorrect date changed!

http://bridgehunter.com/in/adams/ceylon/

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted November 12, 2020, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

My turn to ask a question:

Why does HAER list the build date as 1865. I've heard various stories but thought I'd ask.

Regards,

Art S.

Germantown Covered Bridge 35-57-01
Posted July 12, 2014, by Jack Frost (marvhoefer [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am pretty sure the location is on Center Street in Germantown instead of Linden.

Germantown Covered Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Joanna, the Germantown Covered Bridge is composed of wood and wrought iron. It may also have some cast iron fittings.

Germantown Covered Bridge
Posted December 3, 2009, by Joanna (joannapark3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Can u tell me what the bridge is made out of?