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Foster Bridge (1914)


Foster Bridge

The Cincinnati Enquirer: September 29 1988


BH Photo #463313


Lost Parker through truss bridge over Little Miami River on Old 3C Highway
Warren County, Ohio
Replaced by new bridge
Built 1914; Replaced 1989
- Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Ohio
14-panel, pinned Parker through truss
Also called
Old 3-C Highway Little Miami River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.32219, -84.25279   (decimal degrees)
39°19'20" N, 84°15'10" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/736821/4356130 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 87632 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 7, 2021: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added categories "14-panel truss", "One-lane traffic", "Pin-connected"
  • December 31, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • December 31, 2019: Added by Tony Dillon

Related Bridges 


  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com


Foster Bridge (1914)
Posted December 12, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Sounds good to me Paul. I'm not a truss expert now, so I certainly knew nothing about them in the mid-late '80s.

I'm inclined to say this is my mystery bridge. But I obviously would not have a clue what the name of the bridge would have been, making it even more difficult to find a picture.

Foster Bridge (1914)
Posted December 12, 2021, by Paul Plassman


Sorry for the late reply. It does indeed look as though there might have been a through truss on Columbia Road. At around 100 feet, it looks rather small for a Whipple truss; possibly a Pratt? The current Columbia Road Bridge dates from 2011, however, street view shows an older concrete box beam bridge (which for some reason does not show up in the older NBI listings) sitting unused next to the current bridge.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


Looking at HA the crossing of Columbia Road over Muddy Creek looks very much like the location I recall. The '67 image is the clearest view, it looks like a truss bridge although I would not want to venture a guess what kind. I do not recall the size of my mystery bridge, only that it reminded me of the Higginsport Bridge shape-wise. The '84 and '85 views are not nearly as clear, but it looks like it is still there.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Thanks, Rick!

I knew Taylor's Mill was a long shot; apparently it didn't register with me that it was demolished in '79 and you said late 80's for your mystery bridge. Looking at the old NBI and historic aerials have yielded no clues so far for me either...

Foster Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Paul, certainly any of the photos I post are at your disposal.

In looking at your mystery Whipple possibility, this is too far from 71 to be it--plus I wasn't yet driving in 1979 :).

The bridge in question appeared to have been abandoned for some time, when we went back looking several years later we thought we had found it and it had been UCEB'ed.

But you know how this stuff works, 3 decades+ later I sometimes consider taping directions home on my glovebox.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Paul Plassman

Tony and Melissa,

Can either of you tell whether or not the remaining photo actually shows 15 panels instead of 14? Looking at the truss bracing, it appears that there are three sets of the "box" sway bracing in the seven panels that are most clearly visible. Allowing for one panel in the center of the bridge in between the "box" bracing, it seems like this might have been a 15-panel span, meaning Melissa's first photo may have been this bridge after all.


RE predecessor: That does indeed look like the predecessor to the truss at Foster, likely the one lost in 1913. I created a page for it: https://bridgehunter.com/oh/warren/bh95402/ . If you give me the okay I can upload the old covered bridge photo you found onto the new page.

Regarding the mystery Whipple that you remember, I did some historic aerial-ing on Turtle and Muddy Creeks but unless I overlooked something, I didn't find any bridges that looked like likely candidates. Is it possible you are remembering this bridge over the Little Miami? https://bridgehunter.com/oh/warren/bh92278/ I realize it's a little farther from Foster than you indicated, however, so I'll keep looking. Offhand, unless it was a bridge over a railroad, I don't see any streams northwest of I-71 big enough to require a Whipple truss.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The picture in question wasn't a Whipple.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 8, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I've deleted the photo in question

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

I wonder if this was the predecessor?

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)


It's probably just my imagination. I just would have sworn I was looking at a Whipple in pic 1, but the angle IS tricky. I do not see any evidence of the height or width restrictions in pic 2, but that could have been lost in the 9 years between pics--although I don't know why they would have bothered.

I'm more curious about the memory the bridge spurred from the late '80s. As best I recall, it was x-number of miles up 71 from Kings Island, on the north/west side of the interstate. Looking at the map, I wonder if there could have been a span over Muddy or Turtle Creeks?

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by Paul Plassman

The portal bracing and guardrail look the same in both pictures, and I'm not sure but I think I see battens in the hip vertical in photo 1, which matches photo 2. On the other hand, it's indistinct but it looks like there may be 15 panels in the bridge in photo 1? Since the Foster span is stated to have 14 panels, this may indicate that the two photos are indeed of different bridges.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

You are right about the angle, but the ends of the bridge DO seem to have a nearly straight up and down appearance to them, like a Whipple? I recall coming across a closed Whipple back in the late '80s reasonably near this locale but on the other side of 71, and there is something familiar about the pic...it would not be the first time I have seen mistaken identity by a news agency. When they were preparing to demolish the Gratz Bridge one of the Lexington stations went out to report on it and set up shop at the KY355 Severn Creek Bridge. I guess they did not find it odd that there was no equipment or any indication of a pending demolition? Or that they were able to drive over the bridge? Still get a laugh out of that to this day.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Both are identified as the Foster Bridge in the articles. That being said, It is hard for sure to tell given the angle that the first photo is taken from. It is certainly possible that they went to their files to get a pic of the bridge when it was open to traffic and grabbed one from another bridge. But from what I'm seeing it could also be the same bridge from a different viewpoint.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by Melissa Brand-Welch (melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com)

I'm terrible at identifying trusses. I will have Tony review it.

Foster Bridge
Posted December 7, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Maybe it's my imagination, but the bridges in pics 1 and 2 do not look like the same bridge to me.