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Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05


Photo taken by Janis Ford


BH Photo #131786


Covered bridge over Sandusky River on CR 130A
Wyandot County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1878 by Moses Weymouth; rehabilitated 1994
- Moses Weymouth
Covered Howe through truss
Length of largest span: 94.2 ft.
Total length: 101.1 ft.
Deck width: 12.8 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 13.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.77077, -83.16902   (decimal degrees)
40°46'15" N, 83°10'08" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/316944/4515573 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ODOT 8847134 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-88-05 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 76001547 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 28656 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of December 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 21.4 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2021: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • June 25, 2016: New photos from John Loxton
  • December 14, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • March 19, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • July 9, 2013: New photos from Alicia Duggan
  • February 19, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Added GPS coordinates
  • December 9, 2008: New photo from Brian McKee



Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted June 3, 2018, by Jessica Phillips (jesslayton91 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Is it haunted?

If so, what's the story?

Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted December 16, 2017, by William Roha (billroha [at] gmail [dot] com)

The bridge is currently closed.

There are photos from September 2017 here:


Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted September 16, 2016, by Lora (loratuttle1961 [at] gmail [dot] com)

yes the name is on the bridge and the year it was built

Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted July 10, 2016, by Don Morrison

Glad you found the atlas information interesting.

Since you've visited the area, did you notice the bridge just to the northwest of this bridge over Broken Sword Creek?

Just curious because it has not been added to Bridgehunter yet.

Bing appears to show a polygonal warren with alternating verticals and NBI shows a build date of 1978 for a steel truss with wood deck. I'm thinking 1978 might be a rehab date.

That bridge also appears to have been close to a Jacob Swartz' property.

Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted July 10, 2016, by Tyler (Ty_davis [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I'm a direct descendant of Abraham Swartz. He was my great, great, great grandfather. The land that is noted as Henry Schwartz is now a part of the family farm (still owned by Swartz, no C) the spelling of Henry's name may indeed be a misprint.

I have not heard of a Henry in the family, but this could be one of Abraham's brothers.

The last Swartz's to live on the farm were my great grandparents, Ira and Luella Swartz. There is no longer a house there, but the land is still farmed.

The bridge is beautiful and the scenery surrounding is very bucolic.

I was surprised to see an additional parcel belonging to Abraham south of the bridge. I do not believe this is still in the family.

Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted April 19, 2016, by Don Morrison

Here's just such an atlas from 1879. Several landowners with the last name Swartz in the area, and Henry Schwartz appears to be the adjacent landowner. A misprint?


Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted April 19, 2016, by Karen Swartz Smith (ksmit114 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Thank you!

Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted April 17, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Karen, the names given on these old bridges are often historic names associated with the landowner when the structure was erected. This can usually be confirmed by checking info on historic maps, plot books or old deeds at the county courthouse if they are still available. Commissioner minute books from when the bridge was built might also mention this person. Most of the bridges on this site likely had an historic name associated with them, but many have just been "misplaced" over the years.

The other common things you will see are ones named after mills or fords that the bridge replaced (again, a ford name is often taking from the landowner). And of course ones that are named after towns they served... Some still existing and others that are just a memory.

Swartz Covered Bridge 35-88-05
Posted April 17, 2016, by Karen Swartz Smith (ksmit114 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Does anyone know the history of this bridge? Why does it have the name Swartz on it?