Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Scioto River Historical Marker
On this site, the Scioto River has been spanned by at least six bridges, all of which have been important to the growth of Columbus, Ohio's state capital.
1816 • A wooden toll bridge was built by Franklinton developer Lucas Sullivant.
1826 • A second wooden toll bridge was built to replace the original. Constructed by Sullivant's son, William Starling Sullivant, this bridge was swept away in “the great flood of 1832.”
1834 • The U.S. Government built the first toll-free bridge, a two-span wooden covered bridge, which was larger and stronger than previous structures.
1883 • A two-span, steel truss design bridge replaced the wooden structure, until it was severely damaged during the 1913 flood.
1921 • A seven-span concrete arch bridge was constructed. Carrying six traffic lanes and two pedestrian walkways, the bridge stood until 1990.
1992 • The Discovery Bridge, dedicated during the quincentennial year of Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World, is a five-span, post tensioned reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge carries six lanes of traffic and two sidewalks. It will serve the citizens of Columbus into the future.
Erected by Federal Highway Administration, Ohio State Historical Preservation Office, and Advisory Council
Location. 39° 57.7′ N, 83° 0.392′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Broad Street (U.S. 40). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Celebration of Life (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Central High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Broad Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); John Brickell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station / Macklin Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); The Refugee Tract (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Government • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Events •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.