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Zanesville in Muskingum County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sixth Street Bridge

 
 
Sixth Street Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2006
1. Sixth Street Bridge Marker
To the left of the marker is the 1914 bridge's bridgeplate.
Inscription. The original Sixth Street Bridge, constructed at a cost of $72,960, opened on December 7, 1885. The structure consisted of four wrought-iron trusses which spanned the Muskingum River and one swing truss which spanned the Muskingum Improvement Canal. After only twenty-eight years of service, it was washed away on March 26 during the peak of the disastrous 1913 flood. The stone piers and abutments were salvaged and modified to carry six spans (totalling 752 feet in length) that crossed over both the river and canal. The bridge consisted of four 150 feet riveted steel Warren through trusses, a 77 foot steel Bascule lift, and one 75 foot steel girder span. The second bridge, designed by County Engineer Ralph H. Strait, when built at a total cost of $190,000, and opened to traffic on September 16, 1915. This multiple span structure, replaced in the year 2000, was a good example of early 20th century engineering and construction.

(1914 Bridgeplate) James Juchanan, John C. Dulan, Alfred Kelly, Commissioners of Muskingum County. Designed by Ralph H. Strait, County Engineer. J.A. Swingle Contracting Company, contractor for substructure. Childers Construction Company, contractor for superstructure.
 
Location. 39° 56.117′ N, 82° 0.467′ W. Marker is in Zanesville
The Marker and the Third Sixth Street Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2006
2. The Marker and the Third Sixth Street Bridge
, Ohio, in Muskingum County. Marker is on Muskingum Avenue west of Putnam Avenue (Ohio Route 93). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zanesville OH 43701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zanesville Underground Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Muskingum River Locks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stone Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anti-Slavery Tensions in Muskingum County (approx. mile away); American Legion Post #29 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zanesville.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Another View of the New Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 10, 2006
3. Another View of the New Bridge
Downtown Zanesville is on the left across the Muskingum River.
Sixth Street Bridgetender's Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 28, 2009
4. Sixth Street Bridgetender's Building
Near the Stone Academy marker. Used to house controls to open the bridge to allow passage of Tall Stack ships.
Sixth Street Bridge Construction Plate image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 28, 2009
5. Sixth Street Bridge Construction Plate
Located on the Bridgetender's Building near the Stone Academy marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,009 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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