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Dresden Suspension Bridge (1914)



Photo taken May 2006 by Jack Schmidt

BH Photo #108394


Street View 


Suspension bridge over Muskingum River on OH 208
Dresden, Muskingum County, Ohio
Bypassed and closed to all traffic
Built 1914 by the Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co.
- 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 

  • 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


  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Luke
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Nathan Holth
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Matthew Hemmer - matthemmer1994 [at] gmail [dot] com


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/