Welcome to OldOhioBridges

This website catalogs iron and steel truss bridges erected in Ohio before World War II. Bridge photographs, maps of their locations and driving directions are provided. The John Bright Iron Bridge (1884) pictured in the header is an example from the approximately 1000 listed bridges.

Iron bridges emerged in America in the mid nineteenth century and replaced wooden bridges as the nation became more industrialized. In the 1890's steel superseded iron as the construction material.  However, within a few decades the metal truss bridge lost its primacy following the emergence of reinforced concrete and continuous steel beam construction.

"Iron bridges are fast joining the list of North America's rarest artifacts"
David Plowden*

Old metal truss bridges still exist in Ohio but are fast disappearing. Our generation may be the last to have such bridges on public roads! This website is intended to raise awareness of the need to preserve these historic structures.

Click an Icon to Select the Following:

The Bridge Gallery:  pictures and maps of each county's metal truss bridges selected using a clickable Ohio map.

The Bridge List: a table of all known iron and old steel truss bridges built prior to WWII.

Lost Bridges:  bridges formerly on the Bridge List that have been replaced or removed.

Bridge Map: an Ohio map pinpointing the locations of all the listed bridges (downloadable).

What's New: a chronology of updates to this website. Check here on return visits to see what's changed or for a history of the website.

Web Notes: information about this website's mission, content, webmaster and year-end report.

Thank You: This website is a collaborative effort; here is a list of people who have contributed.

Bridge Links: selected websites about historic bridges.

Bridge Archives: previous "Featured Bridges" from the OldOhioBridges websites.

Ohio Historic Bridge Association: the official website of the OHBA - an organization of historic bridge enthusiasts. OHBA hosts bridge tours and presentations about historic bridges. The website is a service of OldOhioBridges.com.

Ohio Historic Bridge News: archive of news items about Ohio historic bridges from the OHBA website.

Arch Bridges: a companion website that documents Ohio's historic concrete and stone arch bridges.

Bridge Hunter's Quick Guide: Looking for old bridges to visit? Click this icon for concise instructions on how to find bridges using the information on this website.


Copyright   2004 - 2012 text and pictures (except as noted) Ronald Jones.  Send comments and report  problems to the webmaster.

 Last update: 05/10/2012