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Reed Bridge 35-80-05x



1934 photo from Historic American Building Survey

Carl F. Waite for HABS 1934

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #155390


This bridge was condemned at the time HABS surveyed it in 1934, but the bridge was not closed until 1968. An attempt was made by the Union County Historical Society to preserve the bridge afterwards.


Partridge through truss bridge over Big Darby Creek
Union County, Ohio
Bridge collapsed on Aug.19, 1993
Built 1884, Rebuilt 1888, condemned c1934, closed 1968., collapsed in 1993
- Reuben Partridge of Wilmington, New York/Marysville, Ohio
Partridge truss covered bridge with a span of approximately 150 ft.
Span length: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 150.0 ft.
Also called
Big Darby Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.14988, -83.38077   (decimal degrees)
40°08'60" N, 83°22'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/297213/4447110 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Milford Center
Inventory numbers
WGCB 35-80-05x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 44161 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (9,092)
Big Darby Creek (29)
Built 1884 (220)
Built during 1880s (2,296)
Collapsed (472)
Covered (2,785)
Lost (30,073)
Lost 1993 (478)
Lost during 1990s (4,179)
Ohio (4,702)
Partridge truss (10)
Reuben Partridge (10)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,500)
Through truss (17,908)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,353)
Truss (36,831)
Union County, Ohio (51)

Update Log 

  • March 21, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 20, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • November 26, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Updated information. This was a Partridge truss and it collapsed in 1993.
  • February 17, 2010: Added by Wes Kinsler



Reed Bridge 35-80-05x
Posted May 22, 2018, by Homer

I remember walking across this bridge and it would shake when you walked across . It was kind of scary it got worse and worse. I didn't go across it the summer of 93 then I seen it on the news that it collapsed. I know where the Reed Bridge sign is should be worth something someday.

Reed Bridge
Posted November 26, 2010, by tom hoffman (tehoffm [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I knew that there was a Reed Covered bridge abandoned around here for some time. The description here is different than I remember where the bridge was around 150 feet long and was not built as early as 1859. There was discussion of an attempt to save this bridge that failed when it collapsed into the creek around 1993!