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.
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