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Lost Bridge (1866)


The Lost Bridge

Hamilton County Engineers website

BH Photo #207864



Lost covered bridge over Great Miami River on Lawrenceburg Road
Elizabethtown, Hamilton County, Ohio
Destroyed by fire
Built 1866 by John Chambelain, destroyed by fire on July 28, 1903
- John Chamberlain
Covered Howe through truss
Total length: 586.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.15333, -84.79552   (decimal degrees)
39°09'12" N, 84°47'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/690486/4336106 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
WGCB 35-31-05x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 49303 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 4, 2011: Updated by Luke Harden: Edited builders.
  • August 7, 2011: Added by Chris Wanninger

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The Lost Bridge(s)
Posted September 9, 2011, by Chris Wanninger

That is a shame that they're going to replace the Muddy Creek bridge also Tony. Having grown up on the west side of Cincinnati and moving to southeast Indiana that's another one that I've crossed many, many times. I'll have to get over there and take some pictures before its gone.

The Lost Bridge(s)
Posted September 4, 2011, by Daniel Hopkins (chimera [at] clovermail [dot] net)

I remember this bridge as a kid! My dad took me out to see it before it was razed in 1989, I was only 6 or 7 years old when he took me there, he was working not to far away at a gravel pit which quarried rock near the river.

I remember we walked across this bridge three times before he was worried about safety and left no to long after. Wow I totally forgot this bridge even existed. I remember after they demolished it for the longest time nothing stood there and eventually I didn't see again for several years. And I happened to be by the place when I turned 16 for a party and there was a new bridge there..that was 1998 I just never knew this actually had no crossing for 6 years! Great pics and history!

The Lost Bridge(s)
Posted September 4, 2011, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Love that #2 bridge and it's unique portals. Brackett built some massive trusses, but unfortunately with the loss of Blue Rock all are now gone.

Unfortunately Chris... Muddy Creek is soon to be gone as well.

The Lost Bridge(s)
Posted September 4, 2011, by Chris Wanninger

I can remember hanging out on this bridge when it was closed. It was a big hang out for teenagers and supposedly devil worshipers and the like. It was a creepy place to be at night! I was a little suprised when I didn't see this bridge on this site. Hamilton county is not very kind to its old bridges, with the only truss bridges left on the west side being the US 50, and Muddy Creek.

The Lost Bridge(s)
Posted September 3, 2011, by Tom Hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I have been to this exact location across the UCEB only to wonder what type of bridge was here before. Many river crossings in Ohio were first wooden covered then steel truss then unfortunately UCEB. I saw many heavy dump trucks in the area which have probably been around there a long time and wonder if the trucks or the narrowness closed the bridge in 1980. Seven years was a short life for the long Pennsylvania span before being washed out, and the 1914 bridge probably had shorter Pennsylvania spans which is still neat being a rare three-span Pennsylvania Type truss. Liability was probably the reason the bridge was demolished in 1989 and it probably took six years for a new bridge either because of low funds or demand for crossing. Hamilton County is without a mind with the Miami Valley bucause its now ugly because there are no more Pennsylvania trusses. If a new road is ever built across the Great Miami, a Pennsylvania truss replica should be built.