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Buckskin Covered Bridge


South Salem bridge

Photo cicra 2002. Bridge has been restored since then.

Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger

BH Photo #130885


Covered bridge over Buckskin Creek on Lower Twin Road (CR 54)
Ross County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1873; Rehabbed 2006
- Smith Bridge Co. of Toledo, Ohio
Covered Smith through truss
Length of largest span: 92.9 ft.
Total length: 102.0 ft.
Deck width: 15.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.2 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 4, 1975
Also called
South Salem Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.33433, -83.31431   (decimal degrees)
39°20'04" N, 83°18'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/300535/4356433 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
South Salem
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7132603 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-71-02 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 75001530 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28335 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 17.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


19th Century (8,371)
Built 1873 (111)
Built during 1870s (1,266)
Covered (1,951)
NR-listed (3,013)
Ohio (4,187)
One-lane traffic (7,835)
Open (40,968)
Owned by county (21,607)
Ross County, Ohio (76)
Smith Bridge Co. (111)
Smith truss (54)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,651)
Through truss (16,773)
Total length 100-125 feet (5,378)
Truss (35,449)
Wooden deck (6,160)

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • January 11, 2021: Updated by Tony Dillon: Fixed build date and truss type.
  • December 13, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 15, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • December 22, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger



Buckskin Covered Bridge
Posted January 11, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I fixed several errors on this page including the truss type, which is a Smith and not a Howe. As for the NRHP listing date, the National Register site shows the 1975 date as being correct.

South Salem Covered Bridge 35-71-02
Posted January 11, 2021, by Paul Farrier (paulfarrier [at] gmail [dot] com)

Buckskin Bridge - AGA South Salem Bridge, 35-71-02 was built in 1873, not 1900 as your records indicate. I was placed in The National Register of Historic Places in 1979, not 1975.

South Salem Covered Bridge
Posted August 4, 2007, by Mark Meece (cloak [at] cinci [dot] rr [dot] com)

Here are photos of the bridge I just took in July 2007.