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TR 107 Bridge


Lost pony truss bridge over a branch of South Fork Miami River on TR 107
Logan County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1902 by the Bellefontaine Bridge & Iron Co.; rehabilitated 1959
- Bellefontaine Bridge & Iron Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio
Warren pony truss
Span length: 33.1 ft.
Total length: 33.1 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.50035, -83.73082   (decimal degrees)
40°30'01" N, 83°43'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/268594/4486876 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Silver Creek
Inventory numbers
ODOT 4640047 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 27913 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2016: Updated by Tony Dillon: Lost



TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 25, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

...And, you are a warrior my friend! Keep up the good work!!

TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 25, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

And I agree Nathan that the bridge needs to be rehabilitated and reopened for pedestrian use.

I just try to stay optimistic when a bridge is still even standing.

TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 25, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Not real sure what's pessimistic about a statement of fact. A bridge that is abandoned and not open to pedestrians simply doesn't meet the definition of preservation. It meets the definition of demolition by neglect. I am happy they left it standing, but I think it should be noted that work is needed.

I have in fact communicated with ODOT officials regarding the Dresden Bridge and I think there is agreement that the long-term goal should be to do something positive with the bridge.

TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I know Nathan... But...


I like to think it balances out!

TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Robert Elder (robertelder1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

The Indiana Avenue bridge is on my bucket list. I will try to edit the KHRI database to reflect the importance of the Kansas example.

TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I am not sure I would consider the Dresden Suspension Bridge a "bright" spot in Ohio bridge preservation. The bridge is abandoned and fenced off with No Trespassing signs. It needs to be reopened to pedestrian traffic to be truly considered a preservation success. I don't think a huge amount of work is needed to reopen it for pedestrians.

I also suspect that Bellefontaine played more of a fabricator role, the unusual design of the bridge (eyebar chain suspension) is likely more the brainchild of the engineer who was later associated with the infamous Silver Bridge (eyebar chain suspension bridge).

The incredible, beautiful Indiana Avenue Bridge in Goshen, IN is probably the quintessential surviving bridge that embodies Bellefontaine itself.

TR 107 Bridge
Posted August 24, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Robert, it appears that unless they stored a couple away for safe keeping, that Logan County has obliterated the entire portfolio of Bellefountaine B&I spans made in their own county!

There is the really neat Dresden suspension bridge and an abandoned bedstead in Paulding to help Ohio save a little face... But otherwise it appears to be Indiana and Kansas holding serve!