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Orange Bridge (1942)


Orange Bridge

The Tribune: September 30 1942


BH Photo #491726


After the remaining spans of the old Orange Bowstring bridge collapsed under an overweight load on New Years Day a new bridge was needed. This happened during WW-2 so steel supplies were very limited. A solution was found by moving a large truss bridge that had spanned Big Darby Creek on US-40 near Columbus.


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Tuscarawas River on State Route 751
Coshocton County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Originally built on US 40 over Big Darby Creek west of Columbus; relocated here 1942; replaced 1991
12-panel, riveted Parker through truss
Also called
Big Darby Creek-US 40 Bridge (Previous location)
Tuscarawas River-State Route 751 Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.28563, -81.68424   (decimal degrees)
40°17'08" N, 81°41'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/441837/4459685 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87582 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Beam (17,288)
Coshocton County, Ohio (72)
Lost (31,160)
Lost 1991 (333)
Lost during 1990s (4,208)
Ohio (4,951)
Owned by state (16,743)
Parker through truss (1,441)
Parker truss (1,838)
Replaced by new bridge (21,216)
Through truss (18,576)
Truss (37,761)
Tuscarawas River (51)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2021: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 28, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added and modified stuff.
  • December 26, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 26, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon

Related Bridges 


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
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Orange Bridge (1942)
Posted March 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

99% is hard to beat. And I almost never hear of a bridge getting relocated to a different county outside of the Ruffner-Moore Covered Bridge going from Fairfield to Perry county in OH. But this was a massive move, as Madison to Coshocton is a big journey.

Orange Bridge (1942)
Posted March 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman

I'm 99% confident it's the same bridge. The timeline matches perfectly for when the new concrete arch bridge was erected west of Columbus over Big Darby Creek.

Orange Bridge (1942)
Posted March 17, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

If that can be verified, then the information can be updated for both, to further streamline this website.

Orange Bridge (1942)
Posted March 17, 2022, by Paul Plassman
Orange Bridge (1942)
Posted March 16, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

Where was the original bridge at, as it could warrant its own page here as well if doesn't have one.