Covered bridge still carries traffic in Preble County Ohio

This week I will take a break from posting something in the local area, but it will still be history related. During the spring of 2014 I took a vacation trip to visit friends in east central Indiana. While there I decided to explore a little bit of history across the border into Ohio. I had read online about the unusual fact Preble County, Ohio, has seven, that’s right seven covered bridges still standing. Some of them are not in their original locations, but they are still standing. I’m sure there are few, if any other, counties that can say they have that many covered bridges still standing. This one shown in the photo is known as the Christman Covered Bridge and it was built in 1895. It still carries traffic on the Eaton-New Hope Road near Eaton, Ohio. While there taking photos of the bridge, I saw a few cars cross the bridge. Of course in 1895, there would have been no automobiles on the roads. The horse, horse and buggy and wagon were still primary means of transportation. I believe this particular bridge was relocated to where it is now. But it’s still remarkable it is in use today and still serving a purpose, even if on a lightly traveled road.

Covered bridge still carries traffic in Preble County Ohio.

Covered bridge still carries traffic in Preble County Ohio.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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