“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Marietta in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Hills Covered Bridge

Wayne National Forest

The Hills Covered Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, April 22, 2020
1. The Hills Covered Bridge Marker
Once we had the most!
Ohio once had more covered bridges than any other state! A conservative guess is that Ohio once had over 2,000 of these bridges. Today, the national leader is Pennsylvania, but Ohio's remaining covered bridges are treasured artifacts from the past. This scenic byway (SR 26) features five covered bridges. If you have the time, stop at each bridge to learn more about this unique part of Ohio's cultural heritage.

What is a Truss?
A truss is an arrangement of posts, rods, and timbers in a rigid form so that together they support each other, plus whatever weight is put on the structure.Covered bridge trusses employ a triangle or a series of combined triangles. Different bridge designers used different truss designs. Here are some of the truss designs you can see used on the covered bridges found along the byway.

[Bridges shown:]
Long Truss
Wernwag Truss
Howe Truss
Smith Truss
Multiple Kingpost Truss

The Hills Covered Bridge
The Hills Covered Bridge was built in 1878 by the Hocking Valley Bridge Works and
The Hills Covered Bridge and marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Doda, April 22, 2020
2. The Hills Covered Bridge and marker
features a Howe truss. When it was built the bridge cost $13 per linear foot. It was bypassed by traffic in 1990.

The Cow Run Bridge (below) once stood a few miles upstream from the Hills Bridge. It was one of seven forme covered bridges, now gone, that spanned the Little Muskingum River.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Bridges & Viaducts. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉 series list.
Location. 39° 25.617′ N, 81° 21.667′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Hills Bridge Road 0.1 miles north of Zion Ridge Road (County Road 544). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 Hills Bridge Road, Marietta OH 45750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sewah Studios (approx. 4.6 miles away); Muskingum Academy / Marietta College (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mills House (approx. 4.8 miles away); The President’s Home of Marietta College (approx. 4.9 miles away); Mound Square (approx. 4.9 miles away); Betsey Mills Club (approx. 4.9 miles away); House of Seven Porches
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(approx. 4.9 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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