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Lincoln Highway Ottawa River Bridge


All That Remains of this bridge is a monument

The original three-arch closed spandrel bridge carried US 30 from 1927 until US 30 was relocated to the south as a superhighway. Named highways were eliminated in 1926 when today's familiar highway numbering system was implemented. The highway retained the popular moniker of Lincoln Highway for decades, anyway. The bridge was removed in 2002.

This monument disappeared shortly after it was erected. Several years later, an anonymous tip lead authorities to look for the monument at the bottom of a nearby well, where it was found, along with several empty beer cans. It is assumed that the anonymous tipster was one of the perpetrators of the kidnapping.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2007

BH Photo #109987


Concrete arch bridge over Ottawa River on Lincoln Highway
Allen County, Ohio
Replaced 2002, Historical Monument Placed
Built 1926, Replaced 2002
Closed-spandrel arch
Length of largest span: 70.0 ft.
Total length: 210.0 ft.
Deck width: 28.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.84833, -84.19500   (decimal degrees)
40°50'54" N, 84°11'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/736458/4525708 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
OH 254096 (Ohio bridge number)
ODOT 254096 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 35864 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added Bridge to "Lincoln Highway" Category
  • February 26, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added missing and incomplete data
  • January 27, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Steve Conro - sconro [at] yahoo [dot] com


Lincoln Highway Bridge
Posted June 20, 2008, by Sam (Sam [dot] Bowerman [at] gmail [dot] com)

Here are some photos I took of the old bridge not long before it was gone, I think I took these in the late fall of 2001.