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High Level Bridge


Cuyahoga River Gorge and High Level Bridge, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron, Ohio

Boston Public Library

License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

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BH Photo #317650


Description from Old Postcard 

From Sent From The Past

This is one of the many pretty spots in the Gorge along the Cuyahoga River. The Gorge is part of the Metropolitan Park System of Akron. The High Level Bridge connects Akron with Cuyahoga Falls, and is on the road to Cleveland. It is one of the highest bridges in the United States, being 190 feet above the river bed. State Highway No. 8 passes over it. A very beautiful view of the Gorge can be had from this bridge.


Lost Open-spandrel arch bridge over Cuyahoga River on N. Howard Street
Summit County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1915; Replaced 1949
- Wilbur J. Watson & Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
Open-spandrel arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.12276, -81.50926   (decimal degrees)
41°07'22" N, 81°30'33" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/457249/4552509 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Akron West
Inventory number
BH 66422 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Arch (12,530)
Built 1915 (1,250)
Built during 1910s (9,883)
Deck arch (11,770)
Lost (27,343)
Lost 1949 (62)
Lost during 1940s (451)
Ohio (3,950)
Open-spandrel arch (797)
Replaced by new bridge (18,561)
Summit County, Ohio (35)
Wilbur J. Watson & Co. (13)

Update Log 

  • January 14, 2022: New photo from Paul Plassman
  • September 3, 2017: New photos from Luke
  • September 3, 2017: Essay added by Hope
  • March 6, 2015: Added by Dave King


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