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Damascus Bridge (1909)


Damascus Bridge (Older)

1909 view

Photo by Bocon

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

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BH Photo #468028


Likely around 1,200' long with six approx. 200' spans. The 1,281' 1976 bridge reused the five piers from this bridge and had four central 200' spans, in addition to replacing each end span with two smaller spans that overall made it slightly longer than the old truss.


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Maumee River on SR 109
Henry County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1909; closed 1970; replaced 1976
(6) 11-panel, pinned Parker through trusses
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.40875, -84.00930   (decimal degrees)
41°24'31" N, 84°00'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/749976/4588450 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 88573 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


11-panel truss (67)
Built 1909 (802)
Built during 1900s (7,629)
Henry County, Ohio (39)
Lost (28,382)
Lost 1976 (107)
Lost during 1970s (939)
Maumee River (53)
Ohio (4,178)
One-lane traffic (7,832)
Parker through truss (1,403)
Parker truss (1,798)
Pin-connected (4,677)
Replaced by new bridge (19,300)
Through truss (16,709)
Truss (35,375)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • December 29, 2021: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • December 28, 2021: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • October 12, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "11-panel truss", "Maumee River", "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected"
  • September 18, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added description and probable length
  • May 3, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • March 18, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added truss type
  • March 18, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs


  • Geoff Hubbs
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Paul Plassman


Damascus Bridge (1909)
Posted December 29, 2021, by Paul Plassman


Damascus Bridge (Older)
Posted September 18, 2021, by Paul Plassman

This is one of those bridges that make me want to go back in time so I could see it. I was always awed by the 1948 Waterville Bridge (now sadly only a memory), and the Damascus had one more span than the one at Waterville, plus each Parker truss was around 20 percent longer for a total length of about one and a half times that of the Waterville crossing. In addition the Damascus looks like it was a one-laner and crossed a section of the Maumee that is seriously wide....making even the 1976 bridge and its 2017 replacement (seen below) still rather impressive to cross, even though they can't compare to the original structure.