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Gaysport Bridge (1887)


The source for some of the information on this page is "The Covered Bridges of Ohio: An Atlas and History" by Miriam Wood. Lost Bridges.org gives the design of this bridge as a Howe truss, while Miriam Wood's book says it was likely a Smith truss.


Lost covered Howe through truss bridge over Muskingum River on County Road 66
Gaysport, Muskingum County, Ohio
No longer exists
Built 1886-1887 by the Smith Bridge Co.; three covered spans destroyed by storm 1887 or 1889 and replaced by metal trusses
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Three covered Smith through truss spans, 150' each
One Howe pony truss swing span, 140'
Length of largest span: 140.0 ft.
Total length: 550.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.80396, -81.89345   (decimal degrees)
39°48'14" N, 81°53'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/423517/4406380 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 96079 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,637)
Built 1887 (260)
Built during 1880s (2,394)
Covered (3,342)
Destroyed by storm (96)
Gaysport, Ohio (4)
Howe pony truss (89)
Howe truss (807)
Lost (31,825)
Lost 1889 (46)
Lost during 1880s (187)
Movable (3,191)
Muskingum County, Ohio (142)
Ohio (5,052)
Pony truss (17,556)
Smith Bridge Co. (144)
Smith truss (79)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,602)
Swing (1,620)
Through truss (19,042)
Total length 500-1000 feet (3,200)
Truss (38,330)

Update Log 

  • August 7, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added span lengths and main span design
  • January 27, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman

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