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Old Portsmouth Scioto River Bridge

Photos 

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

BH Photo #398041

Map 

Description 

It appears the oldest crossing of the Scioto into Portsmouth was where State Route 73 changes into 2nd Street and runs into the city. This may have been the original route of US 52 as well.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple Truss Bridge over Scioto River at 2nd Street (Likely location)
Location
Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built ca.1885; Destroyed in the Great Flood of 1913.
Design
Multi-span Whipple through truss
Also called
Davis Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.73294, -83.01152   (decimal degrees)
38°43'59" N, 83°00'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/325158/4289061 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Friendship
Inventory number
BH 77983 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: added pics and alternate name
  • July 24, 2017: Updated by Luke: Destroyed in the Great Flood of 1913
  • July 22, 2017: Added by Tony Dillon

Sources 

  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Luke
  • Art Suckewer - Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com

Comments 

Old Portsmouth Scioto River Bridge
Posted December 1, 2020, by Rick Shelton (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

In regards to the theory in the bridge description that this may have been the original ROW of U.S. 52, it appears to have been. This shot of the 1915 bridge from the '37 flood shows a 52 shield to the right of the bridge, courtesy of the Portsmouth Public Library.