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Kellys Run Bridge


Dayton Daily News: June 21 1954


BH Photo #513150


Struck and demolished by an underaged driver. Original substructure may still be in place.


Lost pony truss bridge over Kellys Run on Concord Fairhaven Road.
Preble County, Ohio
Destroyed by collision
Built ca. 1890; collapsed June 20, 1954 when underage driver struck support bar in their truck
Pony truss
Length of largest span: 36.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.74000, -84.77667   (decimal degrees)
39°44'24" N, 84°46'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory number
BH 35972 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of April 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 97 (out of 100)
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19th Century (8,400)
Built during 1890s (3,195)
Destroyed by collision (99)
Lost (28,544)
Lost 1954 (89)
Lost during 1950s (870)
Ohio (4,201)
Owned by county (21,614)
Pony truss (17,020)
Preble County, Ohio (73)
Span length 25-50 feet (16,226)
Truss (35,508)

Update Log 

  • December 8, 2021: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 8, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Update page to reflect bridge that collapsed in 1954.


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Kellys Run Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I feel like this page matched up with the bridge depicted in the articles. The bridge farther South over Four Mile Creek is longer. Given that neither has an original date listed in the NBI they are possibly on substructures from earlier spans. I chose to use this page that may or may not have referred to whatever they put up in it's place. I'm in Richmond every so often and will have to drive over and take a look the next time I'm in the area.

Kellys Run Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Great find Melissa!

Tony, I was thinking the same thing on both counts :^)

Mike, I may have a solution: The two pictures Melissa posted were taken from opposite sides of the stream and the article says a mile south from Route 122. The text and pictures suggest to me that Melissa's articles relate to the next stream crossing - about another half mile further south. If everyone agrees, we can leave the NBI data and migrate Melissa's pictures and our comments to a new entry for that crossing.

I realize, I'm probably seeing things in the fuzzy newspaper pictures but in the second image, there appears to be a lack of built up beams and what may be cast 'knuckles' at what was probably the end post - top cord connection. Which, being me, makes me think CBW :^)

Regards to all,

Art S.

Kellys Run Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Mike Kerkau (mjkerkau [at] gmail [dot] com)

There probably isn't a way to unlink the useless NBI report from this, is there?

I'd wonder who foolishly linked it, but given the BH number (in the 35000s), I gather this page was probably initially created several years ago.

Kellys Run Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Of course the unlicensed kid says it just collapsed... but the report says he hit it lol.

And I'm guessing the gentleman under the bridge had to abandon his fishing for the day, in order to go home and change his drawers.😨😆

Kellys Run Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

My favorite part of bridge collapse photos is that in every photo there is someone standing with their hands on their hips with, head cocked to the side, and looking at it thinking how did this happen