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Clinton Street Bridge


Published prior to 1923

BH Photo #403175



Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Maumee River on Clinton Street
Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Replaced 1932; moved downstream one block to carry traffic while new bridge was built
Two-span, 11-panel Whipple through truss
Also called
Fort Defiance Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.28906, -84.36105   (decimal degrees)
41°17'21" N, 84°21'40" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/720977/4574205 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Defiance East
Inventory number
BH 78453 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


11-panel truss (45)
Defiance County, Ohio (60)
Defiance, Ohio (24)
Lost (26,850)
Lost 1932 (64)
Lost during 1930s (758)
Maumee River (52)
Ohio (3,808)
Pin-connected (4,188)
Replaced by new bridge (18,221)
Through truss (15,956)
Truss (34,239)
Whipple truss (433)

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added some history and other stuff
  • July 23, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 17, 2017: Added by Dave King
  • April 22, 2015: Updated by Luke: Added name, type, and link top hisotrical image
  • March 13, 2014: Added by Dave King



Clinton Street Bridge
Posted October 6, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Thanks, Nathan!

Clinton Street Bridge
Posted October 5, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Pages merged.

Clinton Street Bridge
Posted October 5, 2021, by Paul Plassman
Purple Heart Bridge
Posted July 12, 2020, by Todd Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Ft Defiance Bridge is now called the Purple Heart Bridge. The new bridge opened December 2, 2019.

Clinton Street Bridge
Posted April 22, 2015, by Luke

The railroad bridge is of a different design (Pratt) than Clinton Street (Looks like a Whipple.)

This image shows the Clinton Street Bridge better, and it's the same design as shown in the postcard: https://server16007.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?...

Clinton Street Bridge
Posted April 22, 2015, by David Michael (fr1939 [at] copper [dot] net)

This is not the Clinton street bridge, it is the rail road bridge (abandoned) west of it 2 or 3 blocks. Note the train cars in your picture on a "street" bridge???