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Gregg Hill Bridge (Covered)

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Bridge over Scioto Waverly Ohio

I slightly cleaned up the image from Facebook and put it here to ease referencing it (source image in link).

Photo digitally altered by Art S. in October 2021

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Description 

The source for some of the information on this page is "The Covered Bridges of Ohio: An Atlas and History" by Miriam Wood.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Burr arch-truss bridge over Scioto River on Waverly-Beaver Turnpike (present-day OH-220)
Location
Pike County, Ohio
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1858 by private turnpike company; sold 1870 to Pike County; two spans destroyed by flooding 1907 and replaced with metal through trusses; remaining three spans replaced 1935
Builders
- Barney Stone
- Waverly-Beaver Turnpike Co.
Design
Originally bult as a five-span Burr arch-truss covered bridge
Post-1907 design was three Burr arch-truss covered spans and two 10-panel, pin-connected Pratt through truss metal spans.
Bridge had a curve where the metal spans intersected the covered part.
Dimensions
Total length: 450.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.10667, -82.98017   (decimal degrees)
39°06'24" N, 82°58'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/328784/4330480 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 94610 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • October 9, 2021: New photo from Art Suckewer
  • October 9, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added category "Scioto River"
  • October 6, 2021: Added by Paul Plassman

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Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

Good to get this puzzle cleared up. According to the National Bridge Inventory the present steel stringer bridge on 220 was built in 1991, so I would assume the 5 span steel truss survived up to then.

Art,

Which Facebook photo are you referring to that is possibly Omega? (I've linked to so many in Pike County lately that it's becoming a bit confusing.)

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2021, by Luke

The images are probably looking Westerly, where there IS a bend in the river..

LostBridges also shows the bridge at this spot: http://www.lostbridges.org/details.aspx?id=OH/35-66-05x&loc=...

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2021, by Art S. (Asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Paul & Rick,

Looking at the 1906 map https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/img4/ht_icons/overlay/OH/OH_Waverly_2...

and the facebook photo, I have a couple of thoughts:

1. There was only one road/wagon bridge crossing in Waverly. It was at the present bridge's location. This explains why we don't see any piers or abutments in the satellite shots.

2. The facebook photo seems to show a bend in the river beyond the bridge. The 1906 map doesn't suggest one. The 1906 map has another wagon/road bridge upstream of Omega. Could the photo be of that crossing?

Regards,

Art S.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Historicaerials to the rescue. In their 1994 image there appears to be a roadway running part of the way up the old RR ROW you referenced, I am reasonably sure this is indeed where we were. At least I got that much right. You have to go back to the 1960 image but there is indeed a 2nd RR here, and the 5 steel truss version of Gregg Hill in place right where the current bridge is now. In fact, it appears to be there in the 1983 photo as well, do you know when it was razed? Now that I recall, I believe the fellow who sent us to " Gregg Hill Road " spoke as though it had not been gone too all that long.

I have got to find that photo, the scene was so similar to Miriam's picture we did not give it another thought.

Along that line of thinking, in the 1994 image there appears to be a potential old roadway just to the right of the new bridge, but I see no evidence of piers here. I'm going to have to chalk this one up to a long-standing case of mistaken identity.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Satellite view does show what looks like an abandoned road or lane coming off at right angles to River Road and heading down to the site of the old piers--perhaps this was the road you traversed? There also appears to be a tree line that looks like an old railroad right-of-way heading down to the same spot that looks like it matches the location of the RR bridge on the 1906 map, however.

Also another point is that the photo in Miriam's book shows the old bridge with a bend in it. The piers on satellite view look to be in a straight line with each other.

Again, though, I haven't personally seen this site and it may look different in real life than I am thinking. I will definitely be interested in what you uncover if you do try to solve the mystery once the leaves are off the trees.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 9, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hey Paul,

Now I'm wondering what I was the eyewitness to. Obviously we did not have the resources at our disposal like we do now, we just went to where the locals told us, found the piers, and assumed this was the site when the layout matched the photo in Miriam's book. Could the old RR site also look similar to the photo, and I have been under a false assumption all these years? But again, I do not recall any indication of a rail line where we were, and it seemed to me we walked a primitive road all the way to the piers.

Nobody seemed to know what we were talking about other than one person, he was the one who referenced a " Gregg Hill Road ", I assumed this was where the name of the bridge came from. However, I've never found anything with this road name on it.

Perhaps in a month or so I'll head out and try to be an eyewitness again.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 8, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

I'm certainly not discounting your findings either. After all, you have been the eyewitness, while I have merely done some online sleuthing. It is certainly an interesting site with a lot of history behind it for being such a rural location, and it wouldn't be the first time that I have erred on the location where so many bridges have been built and replaced over the years. It would be interesting to uncover photos of the bridge that stood from 1935 until the present-day crossing was erected as well. Miriam Wood's book indicates that it was an all-steel, multi-span truss bridge, likely built atop the covered bridge piers.

Feel free to change the location if you discover any conclusive evidence either way.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 8, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul,

I certainly won't dismiss your research. But the location of the piers matches my memories of where we found them. If these are indeed the ones we found, the view was virtually unchanged from Miriam's picture on page 70 of her book other than being quite a bit more grown in. Also, it was an overgrown road leading up to them--it did not appear to have ever been a ROW for a rail line.

But again, it has been a REALLY long time. What's that line about not being too certain about certain memories?

I must admit, I would really like to find this site again now.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 8, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

I did some digging on oldmapsonline.org and found this historic 1906 map: https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/img4/ht_icons/overlay/OH/OH_Waverly_2...

Unless I'm wrong it looks like the piers you see are from the former DT&I railroad crossing at Waverly: https://bridgehunter.com/oh/pike/bh59167/. There are some photos showing the DT&I bridge just east of the current NS bridge as links in the comments section of the NS bridge page: https://bridgehunter.com/oh/pike/bh59166/

The location of the road bridge there in 1906, which would have been the covered bridge since it wasn't replaced until 1935, looks on the map like it was fairly close to the site of the current highway bridge--one can even see the bend in the bridge as the road crosses the river.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Yes, I am positive these are the piers. Also if you pull up the street view you can see them in the background of the RR bridge.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul, if you pull up the satellite imagery and blow it up, that looks like potential piers to the right of the RR bridge.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

As best as I recall, we found a side road to the south of the current bridge and went east on it to the first road heading back towards the river. Some locals in a store had directed us here to what they called the " old Gregg Hill Road ". We had to park at the end of the road and walk to the location because it was impassable. Again, it's been around 25 years, but I believe the old crossing was relatively close to the new one. It seemed to me it was visible from the current crossing in the winter. I have a photo somewhere that is from the same view as Miriam's book, minus the bridge of course.

You have me curious now, I have been meaning for several years to try to find this site again. If it's anything like it used to be, I would not recommend it in the summer.

Again, please keep in mind this was a LONG time ago and I was hunting a lot of different sites like this.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 7, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Rick,

Do you by any chance remember any specifics about the location? It does not appear that the piers still survive today to indicate the original alignment of the crossing.

Gregg Hill Bridge
Posted October 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It has been about 25 years since I found the remnants of this bridge, but at the time the road was abandoned and all the piers were still there.