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Main Street Bridge


Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923


BH Photo #363511


Lost Bowstring pony truss bridge over Vermilion River on Main Street
Wakeman, Huron County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1878; Replaced 1909
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Also called
Wakeman Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.25471, -82.39887   (decimal degrees)
41°15'17" N, 82°23'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/382805/4567976 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Berlin Heights
Inventory number
BH 73511 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2020: New photo from Luke
  • September 7, 2016: Added by Luke

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Main Street Bridge
Posted September 30, 2021, by Paul Plassman

I'd say photo #1 is definitely a different location. The stream in photo #1 appears to be a good deal smaller than the Vermilion River, and the photo also depicts a good bit of flat ground beside the stream, whereas if you look at a topographical map of the Wakeman crossing there's 50-foot bluffs rising pretty much right from the river's edge.

Main Street Bridge
Posted September 30, 2021, by Don Morrison

I'm thinking two different locations. The one with abutments seems to have one overhead brace in the center. The one under the arch appears to have overhead braces at 1/3 span and 2/3 span.

The smaller one is closer to the water as well, and at the same level as the buildings.

The larger bridge and the arch as well as modern streetview suggest steeper terrain on either side of the water.

Main Street Bridge
Posted September 29, 2021, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Luke (or anyone):

Does this look like two different bridges in the photos? The one with the stone arch in the foreground shows approaches to the bowstring span but I don't see them in the other photo, just abutments, no piers.

Same location, two bridges? Or two different locations/bridges? Or approaches that were later filled in?

Also how did we determine Morse as the builder? I am fascinated by Morse and if one of these photos really shows a Morse bowstring I would like to know which photo it is.