Rating:
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Dresden Suspension Bridge

Photos 

Overview

Photo taken May 2006 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108394

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Muskingum River on OH 208 in Dresden
Location
Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio
Status
Bypassed and closed to all traffic
History
Built 1914 by the Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co.
Builders
- Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio [also known as Bellefontaine Bridge & Iron Co.]
- Clyde T. Morris (Consulting Engineer)
Design
Eyebar suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 443.0 ft.
Total length: 705.0 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12067, -82.00011   (decimal degrees)
40°07'14" N, 82°00'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/414780/4441629 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Dresden
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6005284 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
NRHP 78002153 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28141 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 26, 2020: New photos from Matthew Hemmer
  • May 17, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add engineer.
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • April 29, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • July 16, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • October 11, 2006: Posted photos from Jack Schmidt

Sources 

  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Matthew Hemmer - matthemmer1994 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

Dresden Suspension Bridge
Posted March 10, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Todd,

The bridge remains owned by Ohio DOT District 5, I would encourage you to write them and express support for this bridge to be opened. The bridge is in decent condition.

Dresden Suspension Bridge as a Foot Bridge
Posted March 10, 2020, by Todd D Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ohio has rail trails. The Hudson River rail bridge at Poughkeepsie NY is a walkway “park”. On this website there is a landscape area presumably a park. Why cannot Dresden incorporate their abandoned piece of history into a footbridge instead of letting it deteriorate into scrap steel. C’mon people. Ohio is full of history.

Dresden Suspension Bridge
Posted July 15, 2019, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)

1914

Dresden Suspension Bridge

Dresden, Ohio

We just completed a short documentary video on the history of the Dresden Bridge. Click on the link below to see a video on the bridge. http://www.scorphq.com/YouTube/pg.php?v=59Du-3QAMyA

Dresden Suspension Bridge
Posted February 12, 2007, by Cecil (cneigh01 [at] baker [dot] edu)

Pic of current bridge with old bridge from http://www.dot.state.oh.us/