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Oak Harbor Wagon Bridge


Old postcard view showing wagon bridge behind trolley bridge

Ebay postcard


View this photo at picclick.ca

BH Photo #514595


The Google Books source lists this bridge as dating from 1870-71, but the design details are more indicative of an early 1880's bridge.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Portage River on Locust Street (OH-19)
Oak Harbor, Ottawa County, Ohio
Replaced by a new bridge
Built ca.1880s; replaced 1932
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
North to south
11-panel Pratt through truss swing span
Two 9-panel simple Pratt through truss spans
1+ pony truss span
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.50513, -83.14551   (decimal degrees)
41°30'18" N, 83°08'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/320939/4597055 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 95791 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Tweaked build dates per forum comments
  • January 13, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • January 5, 2022: Updated by Luke: Added builder per plaque design
  • January 5, 2022: Added by Paul Plassman


Oak Harbor Wagon Bridge
Posted January 5, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately, Lawrence County has been very under-handed with the handling of several historic truss bridges, as well as a Select concrete arch.

Oak Harbor Wagon Bridge
Posted January 5, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yes its a Smith, 100% chance. Bridges with these finials and plaques typically date to the 1880s and no earlier.

I find it ironic that the state noted for the best preservation track record in the country also has the dubious distinctive of demolishing for absolutely no reason one of the most significant Smiths in the country, one that would illustrate why we know this isn't an 1870s bridge.



Oak Harbor Wagon Bridge
Posted January 5, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I do think Smith is a good possibility for the fabricator, but that the date is too early by about a decade or so.

Oak Harbor Wagon Bridge
Posted January 5, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Not sure what I'm seeing here, but the first postcard view seems to show what looks like a pony truss span at the south end of the bridge, which doesn't show up in the Google Books photos....