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Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)



Photo taken May 2006 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108394

Street Views 


Suspension bridge over Muskingum River on OH 208
Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio
Bypassed and closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition in ca. 2025-2026 (Rough Estimate)
Built 1914 by the Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co.; Bypassed in 1989; Painted in 1997.
- Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co. of Bellefontaine, Ohio [also known as Bellefontaine Bridge & Iron Co.]
- Clyde T. Morris (Consulting Engineer)
Eyebar suspension
Length of largest span: 443.0 ft.
Total length: 705.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.12067, -82.00011   (decimal degrees)
40°07'14" N, 82°00'00" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/414780/4441629 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 6005284 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
NRHP 78002153 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28141 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2022: New Street View added by Brandon Cooper
  • February 22, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • February 3, 2022: New photo from Brandon Cooper
  • January 27, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added dates for recent bridge events to history.
  • January 24, 2022: Updated by Nathan Holth: This nationally significant bypassed eyebar suspension bridge is slated for demolition!!!
  • May 26, 2020: New photos from Matthew Hemmer
  • May 17, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: Add engineer.
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • April 29, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • July 16, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • October 11, 2006: Posted photos from Jack Schmidt

Related Bridges 



Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)
Posted March 26, 2022, by Brandon Cooper

I would love to know how Ohio managed to get around Section 106 on this bridge, as the Muskingum River is not and will never be commercially navigable above Ellis Dam. The only boaters who boat on this section are fishermen and the further north you go from the boat ramp under the bridge, the shallower this pool becomes, to the point it gets treacherous to navigate by jon boat or even jet boat.

Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)
Posted January 27, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


I added these dates to the history:

Bridge bypassed in 1989, bridge painted in 1997.

Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)
Posted January 27, 2022, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Just looked at this listing for the first time and have a question. When was the bridge bypassed? It seems like an important piece of information on this bridge.

Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)
Posted January 25, 2022, by Christopher Finigan

Guys, I heard the news about the proposal to tear down the bridge. The local news channel who covered the story provided an email for the public to comment on regarding the project. I just wrote to ODOT advocating to preserve the bridge. I urge you all to email ODOT, asking them to preserve and restore the bridge instead of demolishing it!


Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)
Posted January 25, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Well, that is beyond disappointing. I would think its status as a rare eyebar chain suspension span would have gained it more preservation interest. Not only that, but it is one impressive structure with its suspended side span as well as the main span and the tower that looms above the Muskingum floodplain like a giant. You just don't see suspension bridges in the heart of Ohio, let alone eyebar chain ones!

Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)
Posted January 24, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Just got a "surprise" email this morning about a meeting where I have learned the ODOT district that owns this bridge is seeking demolition of this bridge, which is one of the most unique and significant bridges in Ohio. The demolition apparently doesn't need federal funding or Army Corps permits so Section 106 doesn't apply. They say the actual project is 3-4 years out. I am deeply disappointed that demolition would even be considered for a bridge of this rarity.

Dresden Suspension Bridge
Posted March 10, 2020, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


The bridge remains owned by Ohio DOT District 5, I would encourage you to write them and express support for this bridge to be opened. The bridge is in decent condition.

Dresden Suspension Bridge as a Foot Bridge
Posted March 10, 2020, by Todd D Walker (mrwalk50 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Ohio has rail trails. The Hudson River rail bridge at Poughkeepsie NY is a walkway “park”. On this website there is a landscape area presumably a park. Why cannot Dresden incorporate their abandoned piece of history into a footbridge instead of letting it deteriorate into scrap steel. C’mon people. Ohio is full of history.

Dresden Suspension Bridge
Posted July 15, 2019, by Satolli Glassmeyer (info [at] HistoryInYourOwnBackyard [dot] com)


Dresden Suspension Bridge

Dresden, Ohio

We just completed a short documentary video on the history of the Dresden Bridge. Click on the link below to see a video on the bridge. http://www.scorphq.com/YouTube/pg.php?v=59Du-3QAMyA

Dresden Suspension Bridge
Posted February 12, 2007, by Cecil (cneigh01 [at] baker [dot] edu)

Pic of current bridge with old bridge from http://www.dot.state.oh.us/