7 votes

Jaite Paper Mill Bridge


Photo Credit: Andrew Borgen, CC BY-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/groups/559073@N25/pool/with/3314491471/


BH Photo #203957



More details, including engineering drawings, at: http://freemodelrailroadplans.com/bridges/truss/baltimore-oh...


Abandoned through truss bridge over Cuyahoga River on an abandoned railroad spur in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Summit County, Ohio
Future prospects
Could be used for a small rail trail in the area.
Said to have been built 1909 and last used by RR traffic 1984
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Chessie System Railroads (CSRR)
Pin-connected Pratt through truss, single span.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.28463, -81.56707   (decimal degrees)
41°17'05" N, 81°34'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/452514/4570509 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 43872 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 31, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • December 27, 2014: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Added RR and purported construction date
  • October 14, 2013: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Laced endposts"
  • March 17, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited name
  • August 2, 2011: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Updated prospects
  • January 10, 2010: Added by Joshua Collins


  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Daniel Hopkins - chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • HAER Drawings


Jaite Paper Mill Bridge
Posted October 14, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Looks 1880-1890 to me... Would love to see some detail pics!

Jaite Paper Mill Bridge
Posted October 14, 2013, by Sherman Cahal (Shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

Track and deck are still there as of... right now. Most boards are rotted.

Jaite Railroad Bridge
Posted August 19, 2012, by robert (swimmerbob [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Beautiful old truss built by the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, and currently owned by the Chessie System express-rail service (CSX). track and deck removed by CSX in 1978. would absolutely be a jewel in the rails to trails system. hopefully a lease can be worked out with the railroad. and why wasn't the Jaite Paper Company compound (helltown) preserved by our all-mighty National Park Service??

Jaite Railroad Bridge
Posted July 11, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Wow! A beautiful and perhaps extremely old railroad bridge. It has corrugated v-lacing (aka ribbon lacing), and other unusual connection details as well as attractive portal bracing.