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Shady Bend Bridge


Shady Bend Bridge

The Tribune: March 9 1981


BH Photo #462954



These unusually designed Parker trusses were identical to a bridge that still exists at Bellville in Richland County. It would seem highly likely that the Mt. Vernon Bridge Company also built this structure.

The bridge connected the hamlet of Shady Bend to Newcomerstown.


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Tuscarawas River on County Road 9
Coshocton County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Replaced 1982
- Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (Possible Fabricator)
(3)10-panel, riveted Parker through trusses with vertical endposts.
Also called
Old County Bridge #1
Tuscarawas River-CR 9 Bridge (Old)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.26757, -81.63128   (decimal degrees)
40°16'03" N, 81°37'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/446324/4457646 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87593 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Coshocton County, Ohio (45)
Lost (25,264)
Lost 1982 (110)
Lost during 1980s (1,416)
Mt. Vernon Bridge Co. (60)
Ohio (3,440)
Owned by county (20,943)
Parker through truss (1,312)
Parker truss (1,696)
Replaced by new bridge (17,006)
Through truss (15,283)
Truss (33,136)

Update Log 

  • December 27, 2019: New photos from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 27, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Shady Bend Bridge
Posted December 27, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I changed the builder description from "Likely" to "Possible" Fabricator just to leave the door open on the matter.

Shady Bend Bridge
Posted December 27, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

While I realize the other two examples of this bridge style, the Bellville Bridge and the OH-56 Salt Creek Bridge (pony truss) were built by Mount Vernon Bridge Company, it was my understanding that D. H. Overman of the Ohio State Highway Department designed the bridges. Thus, I am not sure if the bridge's appearance indicates Mount Vernon Bridge Company involvement. I assume the design was put to bid, so do we know for sure Mount Vernon was low bidder?