This bridge serves only as a maintencance access for a large utility building that is part of the Mowhawk dam. The polygonal deck truss is both uncommon and beautiful. Aesthetics were clearly a major consideration with both the bridge and the building. The truss design is aesthetically pleasing, while the railings are an Art Deco style. The building is also details with bas relief sculptures and other detailing that is also Art Deco in the general sense. Both bridge and building appear to be unaltered. Plaques for both the dam and bridge survive, Mount Vernon Bridge Company's plaque is mounted on the truss itself. As an off-system bridge, it was not evaluated by the Historic Bridge Inventory. A little culvert for the dam was evaluated, and that entry provides some basic history for the dam, but appears to be completely unaware of this structure which should be considered historically significant for its unusual design and embodyment of Art Deco detailing in a rural setting, unusual for this style of architecture.
Information and Findings For Nearby Dam Structure From Ohio's Historic Bridge Inventory (Taken From Nearby Culvert Description)
Summary of Significance
The culvert is part of Mohawk Dam that was started in April 1935 and was completed in September 1937. The dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers along with 13 other dams in the Muskingum River watershed for flood control and water conservation. The dam was built across the right-of-way of the Walhonding Canal, which ran from Coshocton to Cavallo. It is one of several such flood control dams in the state and is not historically or technologically significant. The dam has always operated as a dry dam, holding back water only during a flood and releasing it slowly downstream.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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