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Canton Lattice Girder Bridge



Photo taken by Anthony Dillon


BH Photo #178758



I found this unique little span while taking pictures of the Hogue Road Bridge also located at the fairgrounds. At first I thought it was another transplant from the county, like possibly the missing Ward Road Bridge. Upon closer inspection I decided that it was either built at this location or moved here many years ago as the grounds were developed. Until being closed, it had carried vehicular traffic here. A partial plaque identifies this as a Canton Bridge Company span. It is a design that appears to be unique to the firm. Indiana Bridge Company is the only other company I know of that had anything similar.

Unfortunately this landmark has not been well taken care of and it needs help. The East truss is the worst as pack rust has literally blown holes through the cover plate of the upper chord. It is also bowing from this or possibly as a result of vehicle impact. This damage would take some work, but could be repaired. I don't think the fair board or the county realize what a unique structure they have here. Hopefully they can be informed and work to bring it back to a better state. By moving the Hogue Road Bridge here for preservation, they have shown some interest in preserving the past.


Pony truss bridge over Unknown on Fairground road
Van Wert, Van Wert County, Ohio
Closed to all traffic
Built ca.1900 by the Canton Bridge Company
- Canton Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Lattice girder style pony truss
Also called
4-H Fairgrounds Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.85386, -84.58564   (decimal degrees)
40°51'14" N, 84°35'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/703508/4525340 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Van Wert
Inventory number
BH 46291 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built during 1900s (7,136)
Canton Bridge Co. (189)
Closed (2,648)
Fairgrounds (8)
Lattice pony truss (23)
Ohio (3,344)
Pony truss (16,096)
Truss (32,503)
Van Wert County, Ohio (34)
Van Wert, Ohio (3)

Update Log 

  • September 20, 2010: Added by Anthony Dillon

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Canton Lattice Girder Bridge
Posted September 9, 2019, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Yes Nathan, it was there when I dropped a pin on it 9 years ago. Can only hope they moved it.

Canton Lattice Girder Bridge
Posted September 9, 2019, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)


Are you sure these are the right coords for this bridge? If yes, it looks like its been replaced with a culvert.