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Eaton in Preble County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roberts Bridge

1829

 
 
Roberts Bridge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
1. Roberts Bridge Marker
Inscription. Ohio's oldest and only standing double-barreled covered bridge and the oldest of six remaining in the nation.

Built by Orlistus Roberts and James Campbell over Seven Mile Creek on Old Camden Pike South of Eaton.

Relocated and restored in 1991 through the generous support of the community and the efforts of the Roberts Restoration Committee.
 
Location. 39° 44.428′ N, 84° 38.31′ W. Marker is in Eaton, Ohio, in Preble County. Marker is on South Beech Street 0 miles from West St. Clair Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. When traveling through the south end of Eaton, Ohio on US 127 turn west on West St. Clair Street and travel for one block. Turn north (right) on Beech Street and almost immediately, on your left, you will see the Roberts Covered Bridge. This historical marker is located just to the left of the front of this bridge, affixed to a large rock. Marker is at or near this postal address: 338 South Beech Street, Eaton OH 45320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roberts Bridge / Timber Covered Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Preble County Courthouse (approx. mile away); William Bruce (approx.
Roberts Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
2. Roberts Covered Bridge
0.3 miles away); Mound Hill Cemetery Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Monument at Mound Hill Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of Swine Improvement in America (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ortt's Preble County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Fort St. Clair (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eaton.
 
More about this marker. There is a stream, Seven Mile Creek, that runs from the north, flowing south, through the west side of Eaton, Ohio. This marker is on the east bank of that creek, just below a dam built across the creek, and just above the St. Clair Street Bridge that crosses this creek.
 
Regarding Roberts Bridge. This covered bridge was originally built south of the town of Eaton, across this very same Seven Mile Creek. In fact my Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer, published by the DeLorme Mapping Company, with a copyright date of 1991, still shows the Roberts Covered Bridge in this original location. However, in the late 1980s (as best I recall) this bridge was vandalized and set afire. The roof and outer wooden
Roberts Covered Bridge Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 5, 2009
3. Roberts Covered Bridge
covering were all burned down and all that remained were the fire scarred wooden trusses. It was these all important wooden trusses that were carefully restored, and then protected with a new roof and wooden siding, and then relocated within the community of Eaton for better protect.
 
Also see . . .
1. Roberts, 79', 1829, 35-68-05. This web link is entitled "Ohio Covered Bridges List" and it is both published and made available by, Dale Travis. (Submitted on June 14, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Preble County, Roberts Covered Bridge. This web link was both published and made available by the, "Ohio DOT Office of Structural Engineering." (Submitted on June 14, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 808 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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