B&O Harmar Bridge – Marietta, Ohio - Atlas Obscura

B&O Harmar Bridge

This historic Ohio bridge is adorned with fanciful locks left behind by loving couples. 

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Besides the unique feature of having a span that can be opened to allow river traffic to pass through, this bridge is very popular among bridge enthusiasts and couples.

Love locking is a very popular tradition along the bridge. Hundreds of locks hang from various parts of the bridge. As customary, once two lovers attach their lock, the key is then tossed into the river. It appears love is alive and well in Marietta, Ohio. 

Update as of April 2020: The bridge is no longer open to pedestrians due to safety issues. Fundraising efforts are underway to restore the bridge. 


Know Before You Go

The Marietta side of the bridge is adjacent to a United States Army Corps of Engineers repair facility. The Fort Harmar side ends in a merchant district. The bridge is never closed, but it's not lit at night. Daylight visitation is preferable. There is no admission charge.

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