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Near Norwich in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Salt Creek Bridge/Timber Covered Bridges

 
 
Salt Creek Bridge Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
1. Salt Creek Bridge Marker (side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
Salt Creek Bridge

This covered bridge, spanning Salt Creek in Perry Township, Muskingum County was erected in the 1870s. It is a splendid example of an Ohio covered bridge built with Warren type trusses. It is being preserved as an important illustration of the sound, fine craftsmanship of the early bridge builders of Ohio. This plaque has been erected to give these men the honor they greatly deserve.

Side B:
Timber Covered Bridges

Timber covered bridges were vital lines in the early road, railroad and canal systems of Ohio and contributed greatly to the growth and development of the state. They were covered with roof and siding to protect the heavy timber trusses from the weather. Many of them have carried their loads well over a century. Fine craftsmen, using broadax, pitsaw and froe, were able to construct these sturdy bridges by hand.
 
Erected 1963 by Ohio Covered Bridge Committee, Southern Ohio Covered Bridge Association, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-60.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 59.937′ N, 81° 
Timber Covered Bridges Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
2. Timber Covered Bridges Marker (side B)
50.379′ W. Marker is near Norwich, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is at the intersection of Arch Hill Road and Murphy Hill Road, on the right when traveling east on Arch Hill Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norwich OH 43767, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Motels (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mile Markers (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Historic National Road (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Historic National Road in Ohio (approx. 1.9 miles away); Zane’s Trace Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); Warren Pony Truss Bridge (approx. 1.9 miles away); First Traffic Fatality in Ohio/The National Road (approx. 2.8 miles away); S-Bridge (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norwich.
 
Regarding Salt Creek Bridge/Timber Covered Bridges. Another marker, "Restoration of the Salt Creek Covered Bridge," is found inside the bridge but is heavily marked with graffiti. It notes the corporate and individual donors who made possible the 1997/1998 restoration.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Johnson's Mill/Salt Creek Covered Bridge - west end of bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
3. Johnson's Mill/Salt Creek Covered Bridge - west end of bridge
Residents near Johnson's Mill on Big Salt Creek petitioned the Muskingum County Commissioners in June 1875 for a bridge. A year later, they agreed to pay Jesse Romine $445 for stone abutments and Thomas Fisher $646 for an uncovered 80' Warren truss superstructure, a design now uncommon among the state's wooden bridges. By November 1876 the bridge was complete. Rafters and a wooden shake roof were added in 1879. In 1953 the covered bridge was bypassed and became a private storage shed. The bridge and 2/3 acre were purchased for preservation in 1960 by the Southern Ohio Covered Bridge Association, now known as the Ohio Historic Bridge Association.
Salt Creek Bridge and Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
4. Salt Creek Bridge and Markers
West side of bridge.
Salt Creek Bridge, east entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
5. Salt Creek Bridge, east entrance
View through Salt Creek Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
6. View through Salt Creek Bridge
Salt Creek Bridge Trusswork image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 26, 2008
7. Salt Creek Bridge Trusswork
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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