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Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Scioto River Historical Marker

 
 
Scioto River Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2010
1. Scioto River Historical Marker
Inscription.
On this site, the Scioto River has been spanned by at least six bridges, all of which have been important to the growth of Columbus, Ohio's state capital.

1816 A wooden toll bridge was built by Franklinton developer Lucas Sullivant.

1826 A second wooden toll bridge was built to replace the original. Constructed by Sullivant's son, William Starling Sullivant, this bridge was swept away in “the great flood of 1832.”

1834 The U.S. Government built the first toll-free bridge, a two-span wooden covered bridge, which was larger and stronger than previous structures.

1883 A two-span, steel truss design bridge replaced the wooden structure, until it was severely damaged during the 1913 flood.

1921 A seven-span concrete arch bridge was constructed. Carrying six traffic lanes and two pedestrian walkways, the bridge stood until 1990.

1992 The Discovery Bridge, dedicated during the quincentennial year of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World, is a five-span, post tensioned reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge carries six lanes of traffic and two sidewalks. It will serve the citizens of Columbus into the future.
 
Erected by Federal Highway Administration, Ohio State Historical Preservation Office, and Advisory Council
Scioto River Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2010
2. Scioto River Historical Marker
Looking east along Broad Street into downtown Columbus.
on Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 39° 57.7′ N, 83° 0.392′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Broad Street (U.S. 40). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Celebration of Life (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Central High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Broad Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brickell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station / Macklin Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Refugee Tract (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsGovernmentIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNotable Events
 
Downtown Columbus from Broad Street Bridge, Looking East image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2010
3. Downtown Columbus from Broad Street Bridge, Looking East
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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