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Bokes Creek Bridge


looking east

Photo taken by Matthew Hemmer in May 2020


BH Photo #530001

Street View 


An impressively long Pratt pony truss.


Pratt pony truss bridge over Bokes Creek on CR 212
Union County, Ohio
Intact but closed to all traffic
Built 1902; rehabilitated 1986
6-panel, pinned Pratt pony truss
Length of largest span: 86.0 ft.
Total length: 89.9 ft.
Deck width: 15.7 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.41474, -83.46813   (decimal degrees)
40°24'53" N, 83°28'05" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/290591/4476716 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory numbers
OH 8034737 (Ohio bridge number)
ODOT 8034737 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
BH 36015 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1902 (592)
Built during 1900s (7,736)
Closed (2,764)
Have street view (29,882)
Lattice Railing (504)
Ohio (4,666)
Owned by county (21,715)
Pin-connected (5,035)
Pony truss (17,222)
Pratt pony truss (4,020)
Pratt truss (10,535)
Span length 75-100 feet (6,732)
Total length 75-100 feet (6,938)
Truss (36,740)
Union County, Ohio (51)
Wooden deck (6,209)

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2022: New Street View added by Paul Plassman
  • April 14, 2022: Updated by Dave King: Updated status: intact but closed; specified design and added categories “Wooden deck, Pin-connected & Lattice Railing”
  • April 14, 2022: New photos from Matthew Hemmer


  • Matthew Hemmer - matthemmer1994 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Paul Plassman


Bokes Creek Bridge
Posted April 16, 2022, by Matthew Hemmer (matthemmer1994 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I'm hoping to get more photos soon, if there are any certain features you want documented let me know.

Bokes Creek Bridge
Posted April 15, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I know I've seen it before, but will have to dig around when I get home tonight and see what I can come up with. Not sure about Canton though, as they normally had the cast plate at the endpost/upper chord connection with the builder info on it.

Bokes Creek Bridge
Posted April 15, 2022, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Is anyone's memory better than mine? Photo #2 shows a unusual decorative railing termination I think one company used that (Canton Bridge maybe?).

Bokes Creek Bridge
Posted April 15, 2022, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is an exceptionally long pinned Pratt pony truss. Very similar to the Fudge Road Bridge in Preble County.

Bokes Creek Bridge
Posted April 14, 2022, by Matthew Hemmer (matthemmer1994 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Got some pictures from the road. The Union County Auditor's map shows the bridge being on private property so I'm hoping to get permission to get some closer shots.