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English Bridge (1875)


The source for the information on this page is "The Covered Bridges of Ohio: An Atlas and History" by Miriam Wood.

Location is a guess. Miriam Wood's book describes it as being "about two miles south southwest of Defiance".


Lost Inverted bowstring through truss bridge over Auglaize River on Harding Road
Defiance County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1875 by D.H. and C.C. Morrison; replaced ca. late 1800's by Whipple truss bridge
- Columbia Bridge Works of Dayton, Ohio (also known as)
- D.H. & C.C. Morrison of Dayton, Ohio [also known as Columbia Bridge Works]
Three-span inverted bowstring through truss; was built to a similar design as Montgomery County's Germantown Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25371, -84.38941   (decimal degrees)
41°15'13" N, 84°23'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/718720/4570208 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94827 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

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English Bridge (1875)
Posted November 3, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Agree Paul but would love to find documentation

English Bridge (1875)
Posted November 3, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Likely 1883 is the date then when the Whipple truss was erected.

English Bridge (1875)
Posted November 3, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

Art, I'll try my very best 😉

English Bridge (1875)
Posted November 3, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Can you work your magic on this one?


Art S.

English Bridge (1875)
Posted October 25, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Nice find! Now we're up to four CBW inverted bowstrings!

I'm curious what we'll learn. My suspicion is that it was replaced/lost no later than 1913.

A combination truss (wood compression members and iron tension members) is certainly possible although an odd choice if the 1875 date holds. David Morrison was very flexible with material in his design offerings, not to mention the designs. However, he first started using it in 1859 and it is my understanding Germantown https://bridgehunter.com/oh/montgomery/germantown/ was actually made in 1865 (in spite of the big 1870 labels all over it).

Dayton's Main Street Bridge https://bridgehunter.com/oh/montgomery/bh75218/ and South Bend's LaSalle Avenue Bridge https://bridgehunter.com/in/st-joseph/lasalle-avenue/ both 1870 - 1871 were all iron.

Unfortunately, Miriam Wood passed from Alzheimer's in May (2021). https://www.newcomercolumbus.com/Obituary/199495/Miriam-Wood... I would love to know what she used as source material.


Art S.

English Bridge
Posted October 25, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Here's one you might find interesting, Art!

I tried finding a photo but no success yet. Judging from that my guess is that it did NOT survive until 1974, when the current Harding Road Bridge was built. No facts yet though....