6 votes

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge 35-29-16#2



Photo taken 2005 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108224

Street View 


Covered bridge over Massies Creek on Charleton Mill Road in Wilberforce
Greene County, Ohio
Replaced with a replicated covered bridge using new materials, no original materials were apparently reused.
Future prospects
Rehab is in design phase
Built 1882 by Henry Hebble, replaced with a modern covered bridge in 2013-14
- Henry Hebble
Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 114.2 ft.
Total length: 119.1 ft.
Deck width: 16.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.72842, -83.87009   (decimal degrees)
39°43'42" N, 83°52'12" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/254023/4401554 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 1991)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 2934957 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-29-16#2 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 27584 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2012)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Critical (2 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 27.4 (out of 100)
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19th Century (8,382)
Built 1882 (155)
Built during 1880s (2,171)
Covered (1,964)
Greene County, Ohio (35)
Have street view (28,909)
Henry Hebble (3)
Howe through truss (514)
Howe truss (642)
Lost (28,489)
Modern (2,673)
NR-eligible (4,107)
Ohio (4,189)
One-lane traffic (7,835)
Owned by county (21,610)
Replaced by new bridge (19,375)
Span length 100-125 feet (4,554)
Structurally deficient (12,882)
Through truss (16,792)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,381)
Truss (35,469)
Wooden deck (6,161)

Update Log 

  • October 5, 2014: Updated by Tony Dillon: Updated status
  • August 4, 2014: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Bridge is gone.
  • August 4, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • March 5, 2013: New photos from Jeffery A Barnes
  • November 12, 2011: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • January 12, 2010: New photos from Anthony Dillon
  • September 1, 2008: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • January 30, 2006: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton



Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge 35-29-16#2
Posted June 19, 2016, by Dale Jackson (djstratoart [at] gmail [dot] com)

Visited this bridge yesterday. There are security cameras on poles, but they are distracting to the overall scene, so I removed them via Photoshop. Very pretty scene.

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge 35-29-16
Posted October 4, 2014, by JC (jancomstock [at] msn [dot] com)

I visited the bridge today and it appears the bridge was completely rebuilt from the ground up. The road through the bridge is asphalt, although I don't know if the original decking remains below the asphalt or not. Photos taken today.

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted October 19, 2013, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

Safer? Apparently they're still working to sell the "need" to replace.


Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted April 23, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

20k is peanuts in government spending! It can cost that much to get a consultant to write a letter saying the bridge is too far gone to repair.

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted April 22, 2013, by John Paul (john [dot] powers69 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I was at Charlton Mill bridge today and was stupified to see this beautiful bridge had been demolished. So i ask myself..."why was this done? Green county recieved almost $20,000.00 dollars in federal grants to "repair" this historical bridge. This is quite discearning, so what happened to those funds?

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted March 10, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

No the bridge is gone ... never to return except maybe in a replica form.

Read the article linked in particular the bottom paragraph.


"The county and the Ohio Public Works Commission will split the $700,000 cost of replacing the Charleton Mill Covered Bridge, which closed last year. Geyer said that one was “too far gone” to rehab, but he’s going to put in a new wood truss capable of carrying legal load limits, while maintaining the look of an old covered bridge from the outside."

August 19, 2012

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted March 10, 2013, by Tom Hoffman

I wouldn't think the bridge is demolished. As you may have read the article on Eric's post, there were plans to rehab the bridge as of last year. Don't know if these went through. There is a chance the bridge has been disassembled and taken elsewhere for cleaning and other rehab work, and may be brought back to place to be reassembled for what it was built for. I have heard stories of this being done to wooden and metal truss bridges in Ohio. This was recently done on the Daleville Bridge in Indiana which worked out well. I'd say the only way the bridge would be gone is if there was a natural disaster or act of vandalism.

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted March 9, 2013, by Chip Ford (maxford1980 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I was there today. 3-9-13. Bridge was demolished over the winter...IT IS GONE!

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Good to hear, as this and the Engle Mill Bridge are in really bad shape.

Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted November 28, 2011, by Eric Root (ejort [at] att [dot] net)

Bridge is closed, plans in work to rehab


Charleton Mill Road Covered Bridge
Posted November 13, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The lean to this bridge is getting worse. Greene County had better come up with some funding to repair it...or they might lose it.