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US 52 Eagle Creek Bridge

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Truss bridge piers

Photo taken by Rick Shelton

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BH Photo #520694

Street View 

Description 

According to LostBridges.org, a covered bridge was built a few hundred feet north of the present bridge in 1869. It was replaced by a second covered bridge in 1877 which lasted until 1884. The piers for these covered bridges, as well as a separate set of piers for the steel truss bridge, still survive and can be seen to the north of the present bridge.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Through truss bridge over Eagle Creek on US 52/62
Location
Brown County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
New bridge built alongside in 1956, but continued to carry WB traffic; removed w/o replacement before 1983; piers remain today
Design
Parker or Pennsylvania through truss with two pony truss approach spans
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.72059, -83.82608   (decimal degrees)
38°43'14" N, 83°49'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/254303/4289562 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96381 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Brown County, Ohio (45)
Have street view (29,909)
Lost (30,050)
Ohio (4,689)
Owned by state (16,659)
Pony truss (17,237)
Replaced by new bridge (20,455)
Riveted (2,644)
Through truss (17,898)
Truss (36,811)
US 52 (45)
US 62 (86)

Update Log 

  • February 18, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added Rick's photos
  • February 4, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman

Sources 

  • Paul Plassman

Comments 

US 52 Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted February 18, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

So here are the mystery covered bridge piers just north of the steel span piers, plus the old 52 ROW.

US 52 Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Good sleuthing, Paul! I spent about an hour and could not find it. I wonder if the flood event is what finally closed it? And why they finally decided to demolish it after years? The way locals spoke of the demolition, it was almost like they snuck in during the middle of the night.

My father turned me on to another location just a little further up at Aberdeen, where old 52 crossed Big Threemile Creek. I have photographed the piers, the way they are aligned made me think it was a similar bridge to Ripley. However, on HA it looks like a single span to me, but the only image is from 1950 so it's hard to tell. If you check it out, it is literally just to the south of the Marathon on the HA atlas, but only the aerials show the old ROW and bridge site.

US 52 Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Looks like it was taken during a flood in 1968: https://www.facebook.com/BrownCountyOhioHistory/photos/a.108...

US 52 Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

The picture is something I came across while doing an image search.

I thought it came from something along the lines of the Brown County Historical Society, but the closest site to match did not seem to have this picture.

US 52 Eagle Creek Bridge
Posted February 4, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

Nice find! I wasn’t sure what the copyright and reuse rules were for this photo so I re-uploaded it here in the forum on this page.

I was able to track down information on the previous covered bridges, but there’s a time gap between 1884 and the construction of the bridge in the photo that I couldn’t find anything about. Almost certainly an iron bridge stood here during that time, however.