7 votes

Tom's Run Bridge


Photo taken by Anthony Dillon in November 2006


BH Photo #116063



Whipple through truss bridge in Dayton
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians
Built 1881 over Tom's Run on Lower Gratis Road near Farmersville, moved to Carillon Park in 1985.
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio
Whipple through truss
Also called
Carillon Park Iron Bridge
Lower Gratis Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.72851, -84.20341   (decimal degrees)
39°43'43" N, 84°12'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/739676/4401365 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dayton South
Inventory number
BH 36762 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (6,883)
Built 1881 (126)
Built during 1880s (1,836)
Columbia Bridge Works (48)
Dayton, Ohio (32)
Montgomery County, Ohio (48)
Ohio (3,119)
Open to pedestrians (3,817)
Pin-connected (3,697)
Preserved (1,126)
Through truss (14,035)
Truss (31,223)
Whipple truss (334)

Update Log 

  • May 29, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Preserved"
  • July 19, 2015: New photos from James McCray
  • February 16, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • January 12, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: History
  • June 27, 2008: Added by Anthony Dillon



Tom's Run Bridge
Posted July 20, 2015, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


The Marseilles Bridge was made by Columbia Bridge Works as well but it was much closer in design to the St. Clair St. Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/oh/preble/6842364/ both in style, structure (Pratt vs. Whipple), and design (end posts and portals).

CBW & D.H. Morrison, it's founder, were very creative making a wonderful assortment of bridges that were both durable and beautiful. It is a shame so few survive.


Art S.

Tom's Run Bridge
Posted July 20, 2015, by Mark Milat (mmilat2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This Bridge is very close to the 1885 Marseilles Iron Bridge that was replaced in 1932.


If you look at the 2 old photo's of the 1885 bridge you can see that they are just about the same.

Tom's Run Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yep.....that was the original location of this span Eric!

The bridge looked better in the park before they built that new building right on top of it and then concreted all around it.

But with the CBW span in Kansas likely gone....am just glad to see this beauty anywhere.

Tom's Run Bridge
Posted November 15, 2010, by Eric Root (ejort [at] att [dot] net)

Based on the description here, it looks like the original location of this bridge was at 39.668729,-84.453664. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=...

Glad it was saved, but I wish it could have been put to use -even if for pedestrians only- over a true body of water rather than just an empty ditch.