Eldean Bridge in photos


Bridge recently designated as National Historic Landmark

By Sam Wildow - [email protected]



The Eldean Covered Bridge, which spans the Great Miami River north of Troy, is shown as it looked in 2005 before restoration began.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Kirby Roberts and his wife, Becky, and their children Kellen 5, and Brynn 3, of Columbus, explore the Eldean Bridge in June 2003.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Miami County Park District Operations Supervisor Dan Weaver assists Tom South, of Piqua, Tim Wallace and Leslie Wallace, of Sidney, in dragging canoes to a take-out point at the Eldean bridge during the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River 2005.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call An interior view of the historic Eldean Covered Bridge.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call The historic Eldean Covered Bridge, shown prior to the remodel in one of the images taken by Sonny Fulks and Mike Ullery and used by artist David Maas to create his Covered Bridge and Wood Ducks print for BK Photo & Gallery’s Presentation Weekend 1999. The original piece hangs in the Miami County Commission Chambers.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call A winter’s view of the Eldean Bridge following a snowfall.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call The historic Eldean Covered Bridge is marked by an Ohio Historical Marker and is now listed as an National Historic Landmark.


Staff Reports

MIAMI COUNTY — In celebration of Miami County’s Eldean Bridge being named a National Historic Landmark recently, Troy Daily News Photographer Anthony Weber and Piqua Daily Call Photographer Mike Ullery have pulled together some of their favorite Eldean Bridge photos from throughout their careers.

Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp said the Eldean Bridge was nominated by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Properties designated as National Historic Landmarks are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

“We’re very excited about it. Of course, it’s an icon here in Miami County,” Huelskamp said.

Most of the renovations and maintenance of Eldean Bridge were funded by grants from the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges.

The U.S. Department of the Interior said about the bridge, “Constructed in 1860 as the Allen’s Mill Bridge, Eldean Bridge in Miami County, Ohio, is an excellent example of nineteenth-century covered bridge construction and its span is a rare surviving Long truss, a highly significant nineteenth-century timber truss type. Eldean Bridge is the most structurally intact of less than a dozen surviving Long truss covered bridges in the United States.”

The Long truss was patented by U.S. Army Engineer Stephen H. Long in 1830.

Eldean Bridge is approximately 231 feet long, along the ridge; 21 feet wide, eave to eave; and 19 feet deep from the bottom of the floor beams to the top of the roof. Eldean Bridge also has a roadway width of 17 feet and overhead clearance of 13 feet. The trusses are approximately 15 feet deep and spaced 19 feet apart.

According to Waymarking.com, Eldean Bridge is the longest surviving example of its type. The Old Blenheim Bridge, in New York, with a total length of 232 feet in a single span was longer, but was destroyed by a flood in 2011.

The architects or builders of Eldean Bridge were James and William Hamilton of Piqua.

The Eldean Covered Bridge, which spans the Great Miami River north of Troy, is shown as it looked in 2005 before restoration began.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_EldeanbridgeBW1.jpgThe Eldean Covered Bridge, which spans the Great Miami River north of Troy, is shown as it looked in 2005 before restoration began.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Kirby Roberts and his wife, Becky, and their children Kellen 5, and Brynn 3, of Columbus, explore the Eldean Bridge in June 2003.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_030616aw_Eldean_Bridge.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Kirby Roberts and his wife, Becky, and their children Kellen 5, and Brynn 3, of Columbus, explore the Eldean Bridge in June 2003.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Miami County Park District Operations Supervisor Dan Weaver assists Tom South, of Piqua, Tim Wallace and Leslie Wallace, of Sidney, in dragging canoes to a take-out point at the Eldean bridge during the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River 2005.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_072205aw_Eldean_river_cleanup.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Miami County Park District Operations Supervisor Dan Weaver assists Tom South, of Piqua, Tim Wallace and Leslie Wallace, of Sidney, in dragging canoes to a take-out point at the Eldean bridge during the Clean Sweep of the Great Miami River 2005.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call An interior view of the historic Eldean Covered Bridge.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_DSC_1548-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call An interior view of the historic Eldean Covered Bridge.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call The historic Eldean Covered Bridge, shown prior to the remodel in one of the images taken by Sonny Fulks and Mike Ullery and used by artist David Maas to create his Covered Bridge and Wood Ducks print for BK Photo & Gallery’s Presentation Weekend 1999. The original piece hangs in the Miami County Commission Chambers.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_05May-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call The historic Eldean Covered Bridge, shown prior to the remodel in one of the images taken by Sonny Fulks and Mike Ullery and used by artist David Maas to create his Covered Bridge and Wood Ducks print for BK Photo & Gallery’s Presentation Weekend 1999. The original piece hangs in the Miami County Commission Chambers.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call A winter’s view of the Eldean Bridge following a snowfall.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_MVP_Troy_CoveredBridge_Winter-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call A winter’s view of the Eldean Bridge following a snowfall.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call The historic Eldean Covered Bridge is marked by an Ohio Historical Marker and is now listed as an National Historic Landmark.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_MJU_6764-1.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call The historic Eldean Covered Bridge is marked by an Ohio Historical Marker and is now listed as an National Historic Landmark.
Bridge recently designated as National Historic Landmark

By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Reach Sam Wildow at [email protected] or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at [email protected] or (937) 451-3336

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