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Near Milford Center in Union County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bigelow Bridge / The Darby Plains

 
 
Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 29, 2016
1. Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker
Inscription.
Bigelow Bridge
Ax Handle Road
Constructed in 1873, the Bigelow Bridge spans approximately 100 feet across Little Darby Creek. Reuben Partridge built the superstructure at a cost of $12.50 per linear foot ($1,500). Bercupile & Snell built the masonry foundation at a cost of $7.00 per perch (a perch is approximately 25 cubic feet). Partridge built bridges throughout Union County and the surrounding area from 1866 until his death in 1900. The covered bridge is named for Eliphas Bigelow, an early resident of Union County, who built the nearby Bigelow House on the south side of Post Road (SR 161) in 1846. Union County Engineer employees rehabilitated the bridge from 1989 to 1991 by installing a new support system. The Partridge trusses currently carry only the weight of the original bridge. The rehabilitation project received the 1992 Engineered Timber Bridge Award from the National Forest Products Association.

The Darby Plains
As you read this marker, you are looking south across the Darby Plains. The plains are noted for their level surface and deep, rich soils. The area used to consist largely of prairie with scattered groves of oak, hickory and plum trees. Native wildflowers and tall grasses, some reaching enormous heights, grew in abundance. In the early 1800s, members
The Darby Plains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 28, 2016
2. The Darby Plains Marker
of the New Light Christian Church moved from New England to start a colony on the Darby Plains. Settlers raised livestock here since the prairie was excellent for grazing. Because the prairie became very wet at certain times of the year, in the mid-1800s farmers began ditching, tiling and draining the prairie. With the help of artificial drainage, the plains became excellent for growing grain. Some of the best agricultural land in Ohio is found in the Darby Plains.
 
Erected 2010 by Union County Commissioners Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12- 80.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 6.93′ N, 83° 25.516′ W. Marker is near Milford Center, Ohio, in Union County. Marker is at the intersection of Post Road (Ohio Route 161) and Axe Handle Rd (County Route 87), on the right when traveling west on Post Road. Click for map. Bridge spans Little Darby Creek. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8401 Axe Handle Rd, Milford Center OH 43045, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Culbertson Covered Bridge / Reuben L. Partridge (1823- 1900) Bridge Builder
Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 28, 2016
3. Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker
full view, side A
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Bridgeport / Bridgeport Iron Bridge (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mitchell Cemetery Stone #3 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mitchell Cemetery Stone #2 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Mitchell Cemetery Stone #1 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Milford Center Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Union Township Civil War Monument (approx. 4.3 miles away); a different marker also named Union Township Civil War Monument (approx. 4.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milford Center.
 
Categories. AgricultureBridges & ViaductsSettlements & Settlers
 
Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 28, 2016
4. Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker
full view side B, looking south at the Plains
Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, March 28, 2016
5. Bigelow Bridge, Ax Handle Rd Marker
the bridge, over Big Darby Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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