Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Precht Bridge

Photo: Anne Ellis 2007

The bridge is an abandoned Pratt pinned through truss bridge of the style built by the Massillon Bridge Co. about 1900. It is located in the Mary Jane Thurston State Park near Napoleon in Henry County and crosses North Turkeyfoot Creek on a dirt trail that goes to the nearby abandoned Showman-Edwards Cemetery.

There is a metal plaque attached to the bridge memorializing William H. Precht who died there in a 1931 tractor accident. This may have contributed to the belief that the site is haunted. Read more about that at Grave Addiction - a website documenting cemeteries.