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John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge 35-23-10


Side view

Photo taken 2004 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108203



Significance: The John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge was built in 1881 by the local firm of Augustus Borneman and Sons of Lancaster, Ohio. The suspension truss design is very unusual, and is known to have been used in only a few bridges in the state. It is virtually identical to the nearby John Bright No. 1 Iron Bridge (see HAER No. OH-44), although the Covered Bridge was strengthened by a wooden arch added at a later date. The design is somewhat similar to a number of mid to late 19th century patents, but it is almost identical to Archibald McGuffie's 1861 patent: "Improvement in Construction of Bridges." This bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. (HAER)


Covered bridge relocated to the Ohio University-Lancaster campus in Lancaster
Fairfield County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
Originally built 1881 by Augustus Borneman over Poplar Creek on Bish Road near Carroll. Rehabilitated 1913. Relocated 1988.
- August Borneman
Primary support: 6-panel, inverted bowstring truss with wrought-iron lower chord and diagonal members, but wooden upper chord and vertical members
Secondary support: Wooden Burr arch, added 1913
Span length: 74.0 ft.
Total length: 74.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 28, 1975
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.73767, -82.58467   (decimal degrees)
39°44'16" N, 82°35'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/364213/4399842 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 2337304 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-23-10 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 75001393 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 27541 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2017: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • July 17, 2016: New photos from Mike Mullins
  • December 8, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • October 10, 2014: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • June 19, 2014: New photos from Chester Gehman
  • March 20, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 19, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 4, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • November 7, 2005: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton



John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge 35-23-10
Posted June 23, 2014, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Article with nice photos of the move and installation:


John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge
Posted January 18, 2013, by Cecil Neighbarger (wolvesmoon76 [at] gmail [dot] com)