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Lebanon Countryside Trail - Little Miami River Bridge


Photo taken by J.P. in July 2013


BH Photo #259639


Street View 


Parker through truss bridge over Little Miami River on Lebanon Country Side Trail
Warren County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Built circa 1885
- Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
- Rail-to-trail
Possible combination truss using iron for the chords and endposts and a mix of iron and wood for the verticals and diagonals. A rare surviving example if this is the case.
Length of largest span: 180.0 ft.
Total length: 309.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.36568, -84.23961   (decimal degrees)
39°21'56" N, 84°14'23" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/737810/4360993 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Lebanon
Inventory number
BH 57158 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 23, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 10, 2013: New photos from James McCray
  • July 14, 2013: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added builder, circa date and possible design
  • July 13, 2013: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Rail-to-trail", "Pennsylvania Railroad"



Lebanon Countryside Trail Bridge
Posted July 27, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

When I seen the fence inside the bridge I puked a little. The only reason I see them putting this in is the sub division that is basically in viewing distance of the bridge. Just a note to get to this bridge, park on the west side. near the quarry.

Lebanon Countryside Trail Bridge
Posted July 15, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

1955 topo quad shows Pennsylvania RR crossing here.

Lebanon Countryside Trail Bridge
Posted July 14, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

My guess is the wood blocks are merely to keep the diagonal eyebars in the right position and to prevent from from banging against each other. Non-structural elements.

Lebanon Countryside Trail Bridge
Posted July 14, 2013, by Nathan Holth

Sometimes the cloverleafs mean Pennsylvania Railroad was associated with the bridge. By the way, is this bridge part of a SuperMax prison? Looks like the portal is the only thing you can see thanks to hideous fencing. Its the sort of railing you expect to see on an urban freeway overpass in Detroit, not on a rural rail-trail bridge over a river. Such fencing here is in my opinion completely unacceptable. You can't even see the river, let alone the beautiful historic truss!

Lebanon Countryside Trail Bridge
Posted July 14, 2013, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

based on the portals is there anyway to tell who built this bridge, also it has wood built in for some of the beams. Any thoughts would be awesome.