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Rocky River in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Detroit Avenue Bridge

 
 
Detroit Avenue Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
1. Detroit Avenue Bridge Marker
Inscription. The fourth bridge to span the Rocky River was opened from Rocky River to Lakewood in 1910. Its outstanding features were its twin unreinforced concrete arches of 280 feet, a world record at the time. It was the first long concrete arch bridge to be built using steel truss forms, rather than wood, and the last one not to have reinforced arches. The overall length was 708 feet.

The bridge was listed as one of the most beautiful concrete bridges in America and aided the development of the lands to the west of the Rocky River.

Due to deterioration of the bridge, it was demolished in 1980.
 
Location. 41° 28.983′ N, 81° 49.963′ W. Marker is in Rocky River, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Lake Road north of Detroit Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky River OH 44116, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Colonel John Bradstreet's Disaster (approx. 1.7 miles away); Oldest Stone House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rockport Cemetery of Pioneer Days (approx. 2.2 miles away); Nicholson Homestead (approx. 2.6
Detroit Avenue Bridge Marker location Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
2. Detroit Avenue Bridge Marker location
The parking lot in the foreground used to be the bridge deck. The tablet on the right or one like it used to be on the east end of the bridge.
miles away); Bain Park Cabin (approx. 3.1 miles away); Joseph Peake's Farm (approx. 5 miles away); Coe Ridge (approx. 5.1 miles away); Parker Ranch (approx. 5.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
The remains of the old bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck, April 12, 2009
3. The remains of the old bridge
Office buildings have been built on the remains of the bridge structure, which has been considerably altered. The basic lines of the structure remain.
The Detroit Avenue Bridge Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Engineering Record, 1971
4. The Detroit Avenue Bridge
The bridge, looking east Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Engineering Record, 1976
5. The bridge, looking east
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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