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Hoghe Road Bridge

Hoghe Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 26, 2011

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Town Creek Tributary
Van Wert: Van Wert County, Ohio: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: Brackett Bridge Company of Cincinnati, Ohio

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13 Meters)
Structure Length
47 Feet (14 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
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Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This extremely rare surviving bedstead truss bridge was relocated and preserved on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. The previous location of the bridge was 40.815093, -84.614479.

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Above: HAER photo showing bridge in original location.

Above: HAER photo showing bridge in original location.

Information and Findings From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory


The bridge carries a pedestrian path over a stream at the Van Wert County fairgrounds.

Physical Description

The 1 span, 44'-long, pin-connected, bedstead Pratt pony truss bridge has built-up compression members and eyebar tension members. It is finished with lattice railings.


Relocated 1996.

Summary of Significance

The 1894 pin-connected bedstead pony truss bridge was moved to the county fairgrounds in 1996 (ODOT survey form) from its original location on CR 82 over Town Creek (former SFN 8135150). The relocated bridge is a surviving example of an uncommon bedstead design and is technologically significant. The relocation project has not compromised its technological significance. The eligible recommendation of the prior inventory remains appropriate.


The bridge is one of 57 extant pin-connected truss bridges dating from 1874 for pony trusses and 1876 for thru trusses. Twenty six predate 1888 and represent the era of experimentation that evolved into standardized designs by about 1888. This example has moderate significance because the genre and the fabricator are so well represented in Ohio.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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