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Falling Rock Camp Iron Bridge


Side view

Photo taken 2005 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108329


A composite cast- and wrought iron bridge, the Falling Rock Camp Bridge is one of three surviving Post trusses in the United States.

-- Historic American Engineering Record


Compiled by James Baughn

ca. 1872
Constructed over Brushy Fork in Perry Township, probably by the Cleveland Bridge & Car Works
Aug. 3, 1926
Licking County offered to give bridge to Village of Hebron in exchange for moving it
April 1927
C.B. Patterson erected bridge on new abutments at the west end of Cumberland Street over the Ohio Canal in Hebron
June 24, 1931
Hebron council voted to sell bridge to Licking County to be relocated to the Boy Scout Camp. Because of a dispute over right-of-way, the bridge was never used during its time in Hebron.


Iron pony truss bridge over Rocky Fork at Falling Rock Boy Scout Camp
Licking County, Ohio
Has been moved and restored in the camp.
Future prospects
The bridge has been moved off of the creek where it will be repaired. It will then be relocated back over the stream about 300ft downstream near the covered bridge.
Built ca. 1872; relocated 1927 and 1931
Cast- and wrought-iron Post pony truss
Span length: 66.0 ft.
Total length: 66.0 ft.
Also called
Doc Brown Bridge
Bridge #411
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.17718, -82.30209   (decimal degrees)
40°10'38" N, 82°18'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/389140/4448235 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 27864 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,625)
Built during 1870s (1,500)
Cast iron (121)
HAER documented (1,137)
Licking County, Ohio (93)
Missing deck (54)
Ohio (5,050)
Open to pedestrians (4,692)
Owned privately (2,023)
Pin-connected (5,423)
Pony truss (17,547)
Post truss (55)
Relocated (1,088)
Savable (34)
Span length 50-75 feet (10,673)
Total length 50-75 feet (9,881)
Truss (38,302)
Wrought Iron (489)

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2021: New photos from David Case
  • November 21, 2016: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 20, 2016: Updated by Janis Ford: Updated status
  • December 2, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: Location was wrong, fixed to current location.
  • March 16, 2014: HAER photos posted by Dave King
  • January 10, 2012: Updated by Tony Dillon: Added alternate names
  • July 23, 2009: New photos from James Baughn
  • December 19, 2005: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton



Falling Rock Camp Iron Bridge
Posted July 6, 2021, by David Case

This bridge used to span the Rock Fork off Rocky Fork Rd. at the winter entrance to the camp. It was moved back onto camp property near the covered bridge. Very nicely done.

Falling Rock Camp Iron Bridge
Posted September 15, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Still looks the same as Janis saw in 2013. I laughed at the attempt to replicate the missing original endposts. Whoever did it assumed (incorrectly) that the top was the same size as the bottom. In reality the original cast iron posts tapered very slightly. The result of this mistake was that a crude "fix" apparently was made by cutting the top slightly with a torch to make it fit.

Falling Rock Camp Iron Bridge
Posted June 21, 2013, by Janis Ford (jford3 [at] columbus [dot] rr [dot] com)

This is how the bridge looked 2/16/13. Sorry the photos are so dark, I was out of light. Bridge is now on the scout camp property, quite near the covered bridge; closer to Rocky Fork Rd. than the CB. Not visible from the road.

Falling Rock Camp Bridge
Posted January 10, 2012, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] ymail [dot] com)