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Shinn Covered Bridge 35-84-03



Photo taken 2005 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108480


Covered bridge over West Branch Wolf Creek on Palmer Road (TR 447)
Washington County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1886 by E.B. Henderson; rehabilitated 1998
- E.B. Henderson
Covered Burr arch-truss
Length of largest span: 89.9 ft.
Total length: 98.1 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1976
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.46283, -81.76117   (decimal degrees)
39°27'46" N, 81°45'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/434520/4368416 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 8437017 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-84-03 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 76001544 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28562 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 24.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (9,231)
Built 1886 (222)
Built during 1880s (2,328)
Burr arch-truss (767)
Covered (2,874)
E.B. Henderson (4)
NR-listed (3,025)
Ohio (4,875)
One-lane traffic (8,053)
Open (41,256)
Owned by county (21,822)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,759)
Through truss (18,241)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,960)
Truss (37,281)
Washington County, Ohio (75)
Wooden deck (6,229)

Update Log 

  • February 10, 2022: New photos from Bambi Sharkoman
  • December 13, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 3, 2015: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 15, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 20, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed status, bridge is open to traffic
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Builder
  • February 20, 2006: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton



Shinn Covered Bridge
Posted January 13, 2012, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Wikipedia does list Mr. Shinn as the builder, but I have always heard it credited to Henderson. Research by Miriam Wood in her book on Ohio's covered bridges says that the bridge was built by Mr. Henderson after a 3 year old daughter of the Shinn family nearly drowned in the creek. She was reportedly saved by her older brother and after that a petition was presented to the county commissioners for a bridge at Shinn's Ford. It states that Henderson was paid $7.70 per lineal foot.

The location certainly explains the Shinn name given to the bridge. E.B. Henderson was a well known builder that built more than 20 bridges in the county and many more in surrounding counties. I wonder if perhaps Mr. Shinn might have been hired by Henderson to help construct the bridge. Henderson may well have had more than one bridge under construction at the time and hired Mr. Shinn as the superintendent on this job.

So even if your Great-Grandfather was not the contracted builder for the bridge, he may have played an important role in it's construction. I'm sure you are proud to have the Shinn Bridge standing as a tribute to your family...I know I would be!

Shinn Covered Bridge
Posted January 13, 2012, by Constance J Thompson (ct2644 [at] comcast [dot] net)

This web site states E.B. Henderson was the builer of the Shinn Bridge in Washington Co., Ohio. My understanding this was built by Charles T. Shinn, My Great-Grandfather.

What is the truth?!