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Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18



Photo taken 2004 by Gregory S. Hamilton

BH Photo #108380



Collapse of Knowlton Covered Bridge

Collapse of bridge captured on cellphone video

Ron Ewers

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Three-span covered bridge over Little Muskingum River on CR 387A
Monroe County, Ohio
Built 1887; rehabilitated 1995; center span collapsed July 5, 2019
Burr arch-truss with multiple kingpost approach spans
Total length: 192.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 11, 1980
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.60100, -81.15717   (decimal degrees)
39°36'04" N, 81°09'26" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/486506/4383485 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rinard Mills
Inventory numbers
ODOT 5634652 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-56-18 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 80003165 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28056 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (7,621)
Built 1887 (219)
Built during 1880s (2,009)
Burr arch-truss (359)
Collapsed (393)
Covered (1,663)
Lost (24,912)
Lost 2019 (133)
Lost during 2010s (3,296)
Monroe County, Ohio (31)
Multiple Kingpost truss (147)
NR-listed (2,961)
Ohio (3,428)
Owned by county (20,837)
Through truss (15,148)
Total length 175-250 feet (4,285)
Truss (32,918)

Update Log 

  • July 9, 2019: New photos from Bill Bowser
  • July 7, 2019: New photo from Mark Yurina
  • July 6, 2019: New video from Alexander D. Mitchell IV
  • July 6, 2019: Updated by Will Truax: Corrected truss type
  • December 11, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 13, 2015: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 19, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 3, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • May 1, 2006: Posted photos from Gregory S. Hamilton



Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18
Posted July 13, 2019, by Mark Yurina (markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com)

This bridge is apparently property of the monroe county commissioners and as such was listed on their insurance policy. One of the commissioners made a statement that a 1.2 million policy claim has already been filed...presumably to fund reconstruction. Hopefully what has been spoken concerning the bridge will come to fruition.

Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18
Posted July 7, 2019, by Trudy Bates (Tebates [at] zoominternet [dot] net)

This bridge was part of my family’ s heritage as my Grandfather was a Knowlton from Monroe County. Back in the early 1900’s he married a Foraker which her family built the Foraker bridge. My father has passed, but he was so proud of the fact that both of these bridges were built by his family...I am so very saddened that this happened. Since the county has definitely dropped the ball in not using money allocated to fix it up, I truly hope that this can be rebuilt.

Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18
Posted July 7, 2019, by Mark Yurina (markyurina [at] gmail [dot] com)

Looks like a smartphone video actually caught the collapse of the bridge, which was around 6pm on the 5th. It's absolutely disgusting... this is a piece of local heritage that we who live around here can never get back.

Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18
Posted July 6, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Another casualty of neglect! I understand that the county had just received a grant to rehabilitate the bridge. I suspect if there is enough interest the money might be able to be used towards a rebuild. Some of the original wood might be salvageable, although I'm sure much of it was reduced to splinters. The approach spans likely remained standing because of the I-beams that were added to them.

Knowlton Covered Bridge 35-56-18
Posted July 6, 2019, by Will Truax (Bridgewright [at] gmail [dot] com)

It was the middle span that was lost, my guess is that is about long missing siding.