Covered bridge in Butler County Ohio

While visiting a cousin in Ohio during the summer of 2016, I was able to visit a few historical sites. She was nice enough to take me to see a few covered bridges in southwestern Ohio. The one shown in the photo is known as Pugh’s Mill Covered Bridge in Butler County. It was built in 1868-1869 to give access to a saw and grist mill owned by James B. Pugh on Tallawanda, or Four Mile, Creek. Gradually through the years the name of the bridge changed to Black Bridge because there was another bridge upstream not far away that was white in color. The beautiful bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It was restored and rededicated in 2000. The Oxford Museum Association has stewardship of the bridge. There is a marker near the bridge with these details on it. There are very few covered bridges remaining in Indiana or Ohio or anywhere else for that matter. Most of them no longer carry vehicle traffic, though there are a few exceptions. I’m glad at least a few are still standing. They give us a very good picture of our history.

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Covered bridge in Butler 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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