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Sidney in Shelby County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Big Four Bridge

 
 
Big Four Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 7, 2010
1. Big Four Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
This landmark bridge was completed in September 1924 by the Walsh Construction Company for the C.C.C.&St.L. Railroad, and hailed as a “stupendous piece of engineering work.” The original Bellefontaine and Indiana line went through downtown Sidney but was rerouted to this location due in part to the 1913 flood. Construction project materials included 28,000 yards of concrete and 900,000 pounds of steel. Five men died during construction.

An unidentified worker is believed to be buried in the column behind this marker.
 
Erected 2008 by Sidney County Historical Society, Sidney Visitors Bureau and Sprint.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1924.
 
Location. 40° 16.446′ N, 84° 9.27′ W. Marker is in Sidney, Ohio, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Avenue (County Road 25A) and Crescent Drive/Miami Avenue, on the left when traveling south
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on Main Avenue. Bridge is immediately north of Graceland Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sidney OH 45365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schultz's Battery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gold Star Families Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sidney Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Ohio Canals (approx. half a mile away); The Old Jail (approx. 0.7 miles away); Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); US Bank (approx. 0.7 miles away); George W. Bush (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sidney.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Big Four Bridge. (Submitted on April 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Big Four Bridge Base and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 7, 2010
2. Big Four Bridge Base and Marker
Big Four Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 7, 2010
3. Big Four Bridge
Big Four Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 7, 2010
4. Big Four Bridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,491 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on April 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Jun. 13, 2024