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John Bright #2 Covered Bridge

 
 
John Bright #2 Covered Bridge Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2018
1. John Bright #2 Covered Bridge Marker, Side One
Inscription. Built in 1881, John Bright #2 covered bridge originally spanned Poplar Creek on Bish Road near Baltimore, Ohio. It is named after pioneer settler John Bright, whose family farm was located near the original site. August Borneman of Lancaster, the leading bridge builder in the area, built the 70-foot span for a cost of $927.50. The bridge features a rare inverted bowstring truss and a unique metal sway bracing system. Sometime later a wooden arch was added. In 1975, John Bright #2 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ohio Untversity Lancaster Dean Ray Wilkes led efforts to save John Bright #2 after it could no longer carry vehicular traffic. In April of 1988 the bridge was moved 12 miles from Poplar Creek to Fetter’s Run at Ohio University Lancaster, where preservation efforts on the bridge were undertaken. Cooperation among Ohio University Lancaster, Fairfield County, local businesses and organizations, and volunteers enabled the completion of the project in 1990. John Bright #2 is a testament to innovative bridge building techniques in the late 19th century and community cooperation and pride 100 years later.
 
Erected 2013 by Ohio University Lancaster, the Lancaster Festival and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-23.)
 
Location.
John Bright #2 Covered Bridge Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2018
2. John Bright #2 Covered Bridge Marker, Side Two
39° 44.262′ N, 82° 35.099′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Ohio, in Fairfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Granville Pike (Ohio Route 37) and College Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. It is on the Fairfield Heritage Trail hiking path that parallels Fetter’s Run through the campus of the university, near the faculty parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1570 Granville Pike, Lancaster OH 43130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fifty Star Flag (approx. half a mile away); Standing Stone National Bank (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rising Park Centennial Celebration (approx. 0.9 miles away); Civil War Union Soldiers Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Camp Anderson (approx. 1.1 miles away); 166th Infantry 42nd Division World War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); C & O Depot at Carroll, Ohio (approx. 1.2 miles away); Liberty Township No. 6 School (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Also see . . .  The John Bright #2 Covered Bridge #35-23-10. Photos of the move of the bridge. “In the spring of 1988, the bridge was transported with only the roof removed to the campus of the Lancaster Branch of Ohio University. Just twelve miles
John Bright #2 Covered Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2018
3. John Bright #2 Covered Bridge and Marker
from its original location. The bridge now crosses Fetters Run. Most of the original siding had been removed by vandals.” (Submitted on June 30, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
John Bright #2 Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2018
4. John Bright #2 Covered Bridge
John Bright #2 Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2018
5. John Bright #2 Covered Bridge
John Bright #2 Covered Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2018
6. John Bright #2 Covered Bridge
Bridge at its Original Location on Bish Road image. Click for full size.
By Louise Taft Cawood via The Library of Congress, 1986
7. Bridge at its Original Location on Bish Road
Title: 2. VIEW OF WEST PORTAL - John Bright No. 2 Covered Bridge, Bish Road (Township Route 263) over Poplar Creek, Carroll, Fairfield County, OH
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 30, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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