Ohio was home to over 4,000 covered bridges. As of 2010, only 142 bridges remained. We looked at the bridges of Preble, Butler and Hamilton Counties. In this edition, we’ll look at the nearby counties of Miami, Montgomery and Greene. With some careful planning, you’ll be able to visit all our covered bridges in one or two days.
Why Build Covered Bridges?
Covered bridges protect the bridge structure from weather. These timber-truss bridges are roofed and sided. Uncovered wooden bridges have a 10 to 15-year lifespan. The covered bridges have been around for more than 100 years!
Early bridge builders aligned bridges at right angles to water flow. Many have sharp curves that lead into the entrance. These curves created problems for motorists.
Eldean Covered Bridge (1860) spans the Great Miami River north of Troy, Ohio. This bridge is the longest and least-altered of the “Long Truss” bridges. It is 224 feet long in two spans. Long trusses were the first truss structures built using engineering principles.
Fletcher Covered Bridge (1993) is a new bridge. You’ll find it over Gustin Ditch on Downing Street in Fletcher.
Germantown Covered Bridge spans Little Twin Creek in Germantown. This inverted bowstring truss bridge is one-of-a-kind, possibly the only one in the world. Built in 1870, it moved to its present location in 1911.
Glen Helen Covered Bridge, in Glen Helen Nature Preserve, crosses Yellow Springs Creek. This and many other bridges in Greene County were built by Henry Hibble. The bridge was built in 1886 and moved to its current location in 1975.
Stevenson Road Covered Bridge (1877) is a Smith truss bridge. It crosses Massies Creek on Stevenson Road in Wilberforce. Rehabbed in 1975, it is now a National Historical Covered Bridge.
Charlton Mill Road Bridge (1883) crosses Massies Creek on Charleston Road in Wilberforce. The bridge location is original, but volunteers completely rebuilt the bridge in 2013.
Ballard Road Covered Bridge (1883) is a seven-panel Howe truss. It crosses the North Fork of Caeser’s Creek on Ballard Road, off Hwy 35 west of Jamestown.
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