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Summit-Wolf Creek Bridge


April 16, 1918 photo of 1871 Main Street Bridge span reused over Wolf Creek

Wonder if any of the other spans were reused

Photo uploaded by Art S.

View this photo at content.daytonmetrolibrary.org

BH Photo #465531


An extract from THE BRIDGES OF DAYTON by Charles F. Sullivan

The Main street bridge was replaced by a steel structure, different from any other bridge I have ever seen. It was four spans, with a steel pillar upon each pier, and from the top of these was swung a steel bar down in a circular form and up to the top of the next pillar, so the arch of them was hanging instead of upright as usual. This allowed of much swinging of the bridge, without danger, but with the coming of the electric street cars, the people became afraid of it and the cars were required to pass each other at the piers, and the swinging was not as noticeable. Nothing ever happened there but eventually the bridge was condemned and about 1903 a temporary bridge was built below the bridge site and was used during the construction of the concrete bridge by H. E. Talbot & Co., the contractors. The old bridge was stored for a number of years and then two spans were erected at Summit street over Wolf creek, and a sign was placed at each end of the bridge, cautioning the public against heavy loads across it. One day two heavily loaded trucks going in opposite directions and at too high a speed, passed in the middle of a span, and that was too much and bridge and trucks all went into the creek bed, but no one received serious injury from it.


Lost Inverted bowstring through truss bridge over Wolf Creek on Summit Street
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
No longer exists
One or two spans of the old *1871 Main Street Bidge Were reused as Crossing(s) of Wolf Creek
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
Inverted bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.76021, -84.21941   (decimal degrees)
39°45'37" N, 84°13'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/738195/4404842 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88026 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2020: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 2, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: added pic and location


  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com