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Ft. Jennings Bridge

Photo 

Auglaize River Bridge

The Lima News: June 27 1961

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BH Photo #509864

Description 

Removed after the collapse of the pony truss approach span on the Northwest end.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Auglaize River on Rt 189 at Ft. Jennings.
Location
Fort Jennings, Putnam County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by new bridge
History
Replaced 1964
Builder
- Central Concrete & Construction Co. of Canton, Ohio
Design
9-panel, pinned Pratt through truss
Also called
Rt 189-Auglaize River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.90252, -84.29614   (decimal degrees)
40°54'09" N, 84°17'46" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/727746/4531456 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94716 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 17, 2022: New photo from Brandon Cooper
  • August 8, 2022: New photo from Brandon Cooper
  • October 14, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type and builder based on portal decorations.
  • October 14, 2021: Added by Melissa Brand-Welch
  • October 13, 2021: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch

Sources 

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

Comments 

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

It doesn't help that is a straight down the road shot, which makes identifying features harder to discern. And being they both had Pratt ponies with Pratt through truss spans, it doubles the difficulty. And they also both had finials and the same builder it appears.

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman

If somebody argues with you later about it you can always blame me. :)

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I decided to add the pictures there, on the hopes they match that bridge and the Delphos Herald and Helen Kaverman are mistaken.

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

They are beautiful bridges and I wish more of them existed still. I'm afraid to move that picture though because I don't know the area and if I move it there, then somebody might say it doesn't belong there.

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Not to discount your findings, Brandon, but I still think there might be images of two different bridges on this page. They're very similar, but there are some differences. Image 1 is of a 9-panel truss, while images 2 and 3 appear to show a 6-panel truss - which matches the U20 span. Also, the truss in images 2 and 3 has diagonal struts in its overhead bracing, while the one in image 1 doesn't as far as I can see.

The Route 189 designation in the clipping could have been an error. I'm guessing it wouldn't be the first time a newspaper has goofed on something like this, especially in a historical-type article covering something from decades previous.

Maybe I'm wrong; however, these are my thoughts. It was a beautiful bridge either way.

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

Thanks for that. My historic aerial and newspaper archive tour of the Cumberland River was the most rewarding though, as I found several Tennessee spans not included and a few Kentucky ones to boot.

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I found this exact same bridge in a different edition of the Delphos Herald dated August 11, 2012, which includes a caption stating this was on Ohio 189.

Ft. Jennings Bridge
Posted August 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Brandon, unless the information in the clipping indicates otherwise, I think image 2 belongs to http://bridgehunter.com/oh/putnam/bh98716/ At least, the image is the same as the one in the source link for that page. The bridge style is similar, but U20 appears to have a shorter through span.

Really appreciating these northwest Ohio adds of yours...shame that it appears the plaques and finials all fell off the U20 bridge well before its replacement.