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

Rinard Covered Bridge III

Resurrected three times from destruction

 
 
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By TeamOHE, April 22, 2020
1. Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker
Inscription.  The first bridge across the Little Muskingum in this location was built in 1871. It was destroyed in a flood, but replaced by a covered bridge built by the Smith Bridge Company in 1876. Built using the Smith Truss design it was sturdy enough to be washed from its piers during the flooding of 1913 and 1938 and still remain intact to be put back. 406 Oral history recounts that the bridge timbers were numbered, taken apart, and reassembled on the same foundations.

In 2004 the bridge was again washed from its piers. It stayed intact (see three photos below) until a second flood, a few weeks later, tore the bridge apart.

Funds were raised and the bridge was once again resurrected. The original trusses were saved, allowing the bridge to maintain its historic designation. The Righter Company from Columbus restored the bridge, using as many of the original timbers as possible (right). Though the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1991, the bridge remains a beloved landmark.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureBridges & Viaducts.
 
Location.

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By TeamOHE, April 22, 2020
2. Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker
39° 32.211′ N, 81° 13.367′ W. Marker is in Wingett Run, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is on Ohio Route 26, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wingett Run OH 45789, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hune Covered Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Birth Place (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bridges to the Past (approx. 5.7 miles away); Frontier Boat Launch (approx. 7.8 miles away); James Riggs Family (approx. 8.4 miles away); Matamoras World War I Monument (approx. 8˝ miles away); Early Settlers (approx. 9.4 miles away in West Virginia); St. Marys (approx. 10.2 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wingett Run.
 
Also see . . .  Rinard Covered Bridge III. (Submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.)
 
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By TeamOHE, April 22, 2020
3. Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker
Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, April 22, 2020
4. Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker
Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, April 22, 2020
5. Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker
Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, April 22, 2020
6. Rinard Covered Bridge III Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 5, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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