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Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge 35-82-06x


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger


BH Photo #126223



The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the historic Humpback Bridge burned sometime in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Sheriff Shawn Justice said the investigation has been turned over to the State Fire Marshal.

Fire Marshal spokesman Michael Duchesne said the investigation is in its early stages and is urging the public to report any information to authorities.

Built in 1874, the Humpback Bridge was the longest covered bridge in the county. The bridge is a total loss.

Sam Davidson, Vinton County Marketing Director was saddened by the loss of the historic structure.

“I think it’s a shame. The county’s covered bridges have been a tourist attraction for many years and are an important part of the county’s history,” Davidson said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Vinton County Sheriff's Office, 740-596-5242 or the State Fire Marshal, 1-800-589-2728.

See also http://thecommonerjournal.com/2013/06/06/vinton-county-landm...


Covered bridge over Raccoon Creek on Wilkesville Road (TR 4)
Vinton County, Ohio
Bridge deliberately burned June 6, 2013, declared total loss
Built 1874 by Martin McGrath & Lyman Wells; rehabilitated 1932
Covered Multiple Kingpost through truss
Length of largest span: 98.1 ft.
Total length: 174.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 9.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1973
Also called
Geer Mill
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.04789, -82.37614   (decimal degrees)
39°02'52" N, 82°22'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/380915/4322991 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 8235988 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-82-06x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 73001545 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28544 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2009)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 16.8 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 15, 2019: New photos from Janis Ford
  • September 9, 2014: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 21, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • June 19, 2013: New photo from Doug Chapman
  • June 6, 2013: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: BRIDGE DESTROYED BY ARSON 6-6-2013
  • December 12, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • October 24, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 16, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger



Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted November 12, 2013, by Bill Eichelberger

I know what you mean, but the chance of them ever stumbling upon a website like this are remote. They'd have to be able to spell "bridge", something I would think that they'd struggle with. Sorry for your loss. It was one of my favorites.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted November 12, 2013, by Steven Ponn (steven [dot] ponn [at] gmail [dot] com)

My name is Steven Ponn and I would like to say first off, that my name is no coincidence. This bridge is directly connected to my family. I would like to somehow let the cowards responsible for this arson know that I hope they never have to lose a piece of their family's history like this. I was planning on visiting the bridge this coming summer after hearing about it from my father. I hope these pieces of trash are proud of themselves for robbing me and my family

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 25, 2013, by angela (a [dot] d [dot] lukong [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is so TRAGIC! I pray that anyone/all involved is rapidly caught and given the full extent of the law & then some.

My 70yo mother was to be married at the old bridge next month (July). The bridge was a part of her child & teenage years. She is originally from Wilkesville.

She is so saddened by this and just broke down in tears when I told her this horrific story.

How can people be so cold hearted evil.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 21, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Here's the finished product. Thanks Doug and Bill and I hope someone will catch the b****** that did it. Link: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2013/06/19/ohio-covere...

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 19, 2013, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Family stuff got in the way. I'll try again tomorrow night.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 19, 2013, by Bill Eichelberger (wallyum [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Jason, I'll hunt them up and send them tonight.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 18, 2013, by Jason Smith (JDSmith77 [at] gmx [dot] net)

Bill Eichenberger, do you mind me using a couple of your pics for an article I'm writing for the Bridgehunter's Chronicles? Please send me an e-mail with your pics and in case of green light, I'll send you a link to the article when finished. Thanks!


Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 11, 2013, by Doug Chapman (upsers59 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Arson sign at bridge site.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 9, 2013, by Doug Chapman (upsers59 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

My only question is why??? I visited this bridge twice in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The area around the bridge was littered with some beer cans and evidence people built a camp fire near the bridge.It was a party hangout due to the remote location.Is there a reward out leading to the arrest who did this?

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by Tom Hoffman

God this is absolutely disgusting! Whoever piece of garbage destroyed this beautiful and rare historic bridge should see lifelong like nightmare of behind bars.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by Zachary S

What IS it with idiots and arson concerning covered bridges?! A sure-fire way to quickly lose hope in humanity, for sure. Pitiful.

Ponn Humpback Covered Bridge
Posted June 6, 2013, by Cheryl (trayne1837inc [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I am sorry to say that the Ponn Bridge was burned down early this morning... it is no longer in existence.