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Smith Road Bridge


3/4 View, Looking Southwest, Showing Bridge And Setting

Photo taken for the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #279615

Street Views 


This is the oldest bridge in Crawford County, Ohio. It also provides a prime, existing example of a wrought iron tubular arch design, patented by Zenas King of Cleveland's King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing Company in 1861 and improved upon in 1867. The patenting and manufacturing of the prototype of this design, among the first in the United States for an iron bridge, launched the career of this bridge designer and builder. The bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Smith Road Bridge, is scheduled to be replaced in 1991. Federal aid has been requested to fund the replacement.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Bowstring pony truss bridge over Pedestrian Trail on Pedestrian Trail
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians
Built 1881 on Smith Road over Sycamore Creek in Crawford County by the King Bridge Co. Relocated 1989 to Historical Society Museum
- King Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Total length: 43.0 ft.
Deck width: 10.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 7, 1980
Also called
Bunker Hill Bridge (Historic name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.00571, -82.98816   (decimal degrees)
40°00'21" N, 82°59'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/330299/4430283 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northeast Columbus
Inventory numbers
NRHP 80002973 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 49893 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 25, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • August 6, 2016: New Street View added by Tony Dillon
  • March 12, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • October 24, 2011: Updated by J.P.: added national register data

Related Bridges 

  • Bunker Hill Bridge (Parts reused from) - I used the historic name (Bunker Hill Bridge) for the original sight entry.


  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • HAER OH-46 - Smith Road Bowstring Arch Bridge, Spanning Sycamore Creek at Smith Road (TR 62), Lykens, Crawford County, OH
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein


Smith Road Bridge
Posted September 23, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

If you are cheap (or after hours as was my case), you can pull over on Velma Avenue and walk up stairs next to the building exit doors that take you up to the roof for a good elevated view of the bridge.

Smith Road Bridge
Posted October 27, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

HAER Drawings Attached in more convenient PDF format.

Attachment #1 (application/pdf; 377,018 bytes)

Smith Road Bridge
Posted November 5, 2011, by J.P.

will cost $10 to get in and see this bridge.