This attractive stone arch bridge is located in the heart of Canal Fulton. The original stone railing remains on one side of the bridge, while the other side has a concrete barrier and a sidewalk with modern railing, but with a cast iron end post that may be from part of the original railing.
Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory
The bridge carries a 2 lane street and sidewalk over the stream in Canal Fulton. According to ODOT data, the bridge is in the Canal Fulton HD (NR 1982). The bridge is contributing to the district because it falls within the 1825-1949 period of significance.
The 3 span, 126'-long, stone arch bridge has ashlar parapet (one side only), spandrel walls and arch rings. A sidewalk has been added to one side with metal panel railing and safety-shape barrier (2001). Canal Fulton HD. Rehabilitated 2000. PID 20447. Bridge award 2001. Excellent condition. Railing has been hit by vehicle and stones need repaired. Field checked on 7/10/06.
Rehabilitated in 2001 with the addition of a sidewalk to one side.
Summary of Significance
A sidewalk and railing have been added to one
elevation as part of a 2001 rehabilitation project that was found to
have no adverse effect. The bridge retains its original appearance from
the other elevation and retains sufficient integrity to convey its
technological significance. The bridge is a contributing resource in the
Canal Fulton HD (NR 1982).
A well represented bridge type throughout the state for both bridges and culverts, stone arch bridges date from the mid 1830s and the building of the National Road through Belmont Co. Many are superbly proportioned and constructed by local contractors. They were built through World War I, particularly during the later years in park settings. More than 125 examples remain. This example has moderate significance based on its date of construction, detailing, and historic contexts).
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes
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