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Main Street Bridge (1889)


Findlay OH Blanchard RIver Main Street Bridge

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Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Blanchard River on Main Street
Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1889; Replaced 1934
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
- Interurban
- Western Ohio Railway Co. (WOHRy)
Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
Deck width: 100.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.04145, -83.65019   (decimal degrees)
41°02'29" N, 83°39'01" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/277243/4546741 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 72203 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 11, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • June 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added width
  • June 19, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "Lattice Railing", "Cresting", "Finials"
  • March 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added category "8-panel truss"
  • November 10, 2021: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • April 2, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 29, 2018: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • January 28, 2018: Updated by Luke: Added image, interurban, build + loss dates; Noted that bridge was triple-barreled.
  • May 16, 2016: Added by ArtS

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Main Street Bridge
Posted June 26, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Would have definitely made sense prior to the founding of Canton Bridge Co., as before that WIBCo would have been THE bridge builder in Canton.

Main Street Bridge
Posted June 26, 2022, by Luke

It’s a well documented thing where WIBCO was referred to as “Canton” in historic articles

Main Street Bridge
Posted June 26, 2022, by Paul Plassman


This seems to back up our thinking that the triple-barreled bridge was built in 1889 rather than 1873...also seems to agree with Art's hunch that the 1873 Main Street Bridge was relocated to Broad Street in 1889 and served there till 1965.

Interestingly, this book lists the builder of the 1873 span as the Canton Iron Bridge Co., while the "History of Hancock County, Ohio" link on this page has it as Wrought Iron Bridge Co. A period typo as Canton was not founded until 1892 perhaps? The Broad Street Bridge - if that IS indeed the old Main Street Bridge - is definitely a WIBCo. https://bridgehunter.com/oh/hancock/broad-st/

In your judgment, is this enough evidence to change the build date on the triple barreled bridge from 1873 to 1889?

Twentieth Century History of Findlay and Hancock County and Representative Citizens, by Jacob A. Kimmell, 1910, page 89 https://www.google.com/books/edition/Twentieth_Century_Histo...

Main Street Bridge
Posted November 10, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Paul, I would agree that the 1889 date seems more plausible!

Main Street Bridge
Posted November 10, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Magnificent portals! This bridge is amazing! Interesting that the center portals seem to be of a different design than the ones on either side.

For the record, I note that the information about the 1873 span in the book "History of Hancock County" does not seem to match this bridge as far as the roadway characteristics go (i.e. it indicates one roadway and two sidewalks). Art suggested in his discussion of a bridge just downstream https://bridgehunter.com/oh/hancock/broad-st/ that 1889 might be a more appropriate date for the triple-barreled bridge based on some information he thought might be erroneous about the other bridge. Additionally, I remember reading a newspaper article in the Courier a while back (which, unfortunately, I cannot find now), which stated that the 1873 bridge was replaced in 1889 by a wider bridge capable of carrying streetcars.