Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Morrow County, Ohio, Tubular Bowstring Bridge.

The Whetstone Bridge Posted by Hello

Well I'm continuing to explore Morrow County, Ohio and I have not been disappointed. On Saturday I found 11 of the 13 bridges that were listed as extant actually were! That's a very good percentage in this "game".

The pictured bridge was constructed in 1879 and is still in daily service in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Called a Bowstring you can see how it gets its name. The arch (Bow) supports the bridge loads. The lower cord acts like a bowstring and is in tension. This is one of the few Bowstring bridges in Ohio still in service.

This bridge is similar to the abandoned Mill Road Bridge in Knox county that I pictured earlier (look back).