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Sulpher Heights Hill Bridge


1909 or earlier view

Title says East Bridge but as its a two span 1880s Morse, I think the pic goes with this bridge.

Photo uploaded by Art S

View this photo at ebay.com

BH Photo #353522


Possibly built at the same time as the North Street Bridge in Sidney as the two shared identical Morse Bridge Company portal designs.

This bridge was needlessly demolished in 2007 and replaced by a bridge that wasn't needed.


Lost Pratt through truss bridge over Great Miami River on River Road (CR 40)
Shelby County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1886 by the Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio; rehabilitated 1982; replaced 2007
- Morse Bridge Co. of Youngstown, Ohio
(2)9-panel,pinned Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 113.9 ft.
Total length: 233.0 ft.
Deck width: 17.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 16.7 ft.
Also called
River Road Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.26536, -84.15810   (decimal degrees)
40°15'55" N, 84°09'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/741658/4461086 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 7539967 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 28406 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2020: Updated by Tony Dillon: Restored information for the Sulphur Heights Hill Bridge to this page and created a new page for the North Street Bridge.
  • May 23, 2016: Updated by Art Suckewer: Added a historic image, changed name and location based on street name in second image
  • May 15, 2016: New photo from Art Suckewer



Sulpher Heights Hill Bridge
Posted February 8, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Thanks for the correction Tony!

Sulpher Heights Hill Bridge
Posted February 4, 2020, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)


I created a new page for the North Street Bridge so that I could restore this page to the correct span. If you would please add the two photos to the page below and delete them from this one.


Thank you!

North Street Bridge
Posted August 2, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

All of the data on this page was for the Sulphur Heights Hill Bridge that was just South of Sidney off of Main Avenue. Although the old East Bridge was obviously built by the same company (possibly the same year and maybe even under the same contract), the other data such as length and replacement date are wrong. The East Bridge needs to have a new page created and the picture moved so that the Sulphur Heights Hill Bridge can have it's page restored. I knew it had been on this site and wondered why I couldn't find it!

North Street Bridge
Posted May 23, 2016, by ArtS (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


As the first pic says East Bridge and North Street crosses the river on the east side of town, I've assumed that the two images are of the same bridge but looking from opposite directions and a few years apart (telephone/telegraph added in the interim). This may not be the case and they could be two similar bridges in the same town.


Art S.

North Street Bridge
Posted May 23, 2016, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The one historical picture says its North Street Bridge... and thats also the point shown on the map... that's actually this bridge (also demolished now): http://historicbridges.org/bridges/browser/?bridgebrowser=oh...

So I assume this means long ago there was this other Morse on North Street that just looked like the one on River Road.