4 votes

Old Cherry Street Bridge


Photo taken by Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory in April 2009


BH Photo #433046


Location on BridgeHunter is rough estimate based on description and photos.

From Ohio Historic Bridge Inventory: County: STARK Township: JACKSON TWP Crosses: NOTHING Carries: PEDESTRIAN TRAIL Location: OFF OF ERIE AVE .3 MI. W. OF TR 352

The bridge is resting on the ground (not crossing anything) next to a pedestrian trail along the Ohio & Erie Canal accessed from Erie Avenue. It is the former Cherry Street bridge. The bridge is a complete but perhaps racked example of a Massillon bowstring pony truss with their patented ribbed design. The bridge itself has integrity. "The ca. 1875 bowstring truss bridge is attributable to the Massillon Bridge Co. due to the configuration of the trusses arch chord. It was reportedly moved to the present location in the 1930s and raised in 1972 when this section of the canal was restored. The bridge was surveyed by the SHPO in 1980 and recommended eligible. It was also included in the ODOT 1981 survey as a select bridge. It is a rare and technologically significant example of the type/design. The eligible recommendation remains appropriate.


Bowstring pony truss bridge over Nothing on Trail
Stark County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Built ca. 1875
- Massillon Bridge Co. of Massillon, Ohio
Bowstring pony truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.84606, -81.53819   (decimal degrees)
40°50'46" N, 81°32'17" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/454631/4521807 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 82521 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2018: Added by Nathan Holth


Old Cherry Street Bridge
Posted November 20, 2019, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)


Thanks for sharing. Your stories complement the story of the lady in Arkansas that loved a bridge so she blew it up...


Art S.

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Old Cherry Street Bridge
Posted November 20, 2019, by Tim Bryant (timgbryant68 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I remember passing by this fantastic bridge when I got lost on the roads while moving to Indiana back in 1998. I was trying to find an ice cream shop I saw referenced on a sign, to get my sons Jeremy and Brent ice cream so they'd stop crying about the divorce. The car was beginning to brake down so we pulled into the parking lot by this bridge. They wouldn't stop crying the entire night. I couldn't sleep. I choked down my last bottle of Jack Daniels while admiring the beautiful ribbed design of the trusses of the Old Cherry Bridge out the car's window. The near perfect design of the bowstring pony truss mocked the plight of my situation. A bridge built over nothing, merely to simplify the crossing of some rough terrain. Such beautiful work put to use over merely nothing, while I waste away. I didn't sleep that night.

The next day I called a tow truck driver, and that rat g off of me the last few dollars I had left after the alimony bills. After the car was fixed I told Brent to choose a toy to sell so he could eat that night, but at least I had enough money left over to drink myself into unconsciousness, the first sleep I had gotten in almost a week, finally being able to forget the wave of dread upon me. I was entering a new age of my life- not one of freedom or opportunity as normally associated with such a phrase, but one of pain and misery. Each and every night I was tormented by the specters of my past- mocking me for the husk of a human I had become. The sole respite was the cold grasp of alcohol in my through, clouding my mind and poisoning my blood. But even that was just a temporary distraction from the overwhelming gaze of the void I felt calling my name. With every failure and dark thought It pulled me closer and closer into the abyss of death, which I felt ever so tempted to embrace.

Nice bridge, 9/10. I like the truss design.

Old Cherry Street Bridge
Posted August 13, 2018, by Dana and Kay Klein

Wow! Nice find