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Fristoe Covered Bridge


Fristoe Covered Bridge

Adams County Public Library


View this photo at google.com

BH Photo #515000


May have been the longest single-span covered bridge in Ohio according to Miriam Wood's book "The Covered Bridges of Ohio: An Atlas and History".


Lost covered multiple kingpost through truss bridge over Ohio Brush Creek on OH-41
Adams County, Ohio
Damaged by flooding and later replaced by a new bridge
Built 1870; Damaged and closed 1936
Multiple Kingpost through truss with Long truss-style end panels
Length of largest span: 214.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.89473, -83.45290   (decimal degrees)
38°53'41" N, 83°27'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/287271/4307955 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95873 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,382)
Adams County, Ohio (47)
Built 1870 (160)
Built during 1870s (1,269)
Covered (1,964)
Destroyed by flood (610)
Lost (28,489)
Lost 1937 (59)
Lost during 1930s (865)
Multiple Kingpost truss (156)
Ohio (4,189)
Owned by state (16,555)
Span length 175-250 feet (2,058)
Through truss (16,792)
Truss (35,469)

Update Log 

  • January 12, 2022: Updated by Tony Dillon: Modified information
  • January 12, 2022: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • January 12, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman

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Fristoe Covered Bridge
Posted February 2, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Nathan, it appears your suggestion has worked, they uploaded quickly.

So these are from a field trip two days ago, the south abutment does indeed remain, but there is no trace of the north one. The picture of the bridge was interesting to me in that it looks like the bridge is literally going into the hillside, apparently that is because it was. There isn't much of the approach left, but there are remnants of the road.

Fristoe Bridge (Covered)
Posted January 12, 2022, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Portsmouth Daily Times

May 12 1936

Fristoe Bridge (Covered)
Posted January 12, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I would say it is likely that this bridge was destroyed in the Great Flood of 1937, which took place in January and February and devastated a large part of the Ohio River valley.