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Columbus Young Covered Bridge


Columbus Young

Postcard view provided by Rick Shelton

BH Photo #519154


Photographed in May of 1966 by Bryan Ketcham. According to Lost Bridges it collapsed during a storm in 1979. The rear of the postcard says it was lost in a 1964 flood.


Lost Smith through truss bridge over White Oak Creek on Loudon Road
Brown County, Ohio
Built 1873 by the Smith Bridge Company; Lost 1979
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Smith through truss
Length of largest span: 145.0 ft.
Total length: 165.0 ft.
Deck width: 16.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.5 ft.
Also called
Pierce Mill Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.83473, -83.94651   (decimal degrees)
38°50'05" N, 83°56'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/244239/4302563 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96629 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,407)
Brown County, Ohio (46)
Built 1873 (131)
Built during 1870s (1,459)
Collapsed (493)
Covered (3,038)
Lost (31,182)
Lost 1979 (114)
Lost during 1970s (1,048)
Ohio (4,957)
Smith Bridge Co. (139)
Smith truss (78)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,568)
Through truss (18,586)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,430)
Truss (37,777)

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added image link
  • February 11, 2022: New photo from Tony Dillon



Columbus Young Covered Bridge
Posted February 11, 2022, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


I was actually going to check Miriam's book out, I was thinking that was where I first came across it. The thing I heard about arson was a local thing, but it concurred that it was lost just prior to '80.

Columbus Young Covered Bridge
Posted February 11, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I made a page for it Rick, and moved that postcard pic to it. I used information from Bryan Ketcham's book for the builder and measurements. He has it being built in 1873, but Lost Bridges says 1874. According to that site it collapsed during a storm in 1979. I'm surprised Miriam Wood didn't mention it in her book.