Germantown Covered Bridge – Germantown, Ohio - Atlas Obscura

Germantown, Ohio

Germantown Covered Bridge

It is a truss bridge, but using an inverted bowstring truss similar to that of a suspension bridge, and believed to be the only of its kind in the United States. 

The bridge built 1870 uses an inverted bowstring truss and is believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States. It is representative of the bridges during the transition period between timber and iron bridges.

It was one of David H. Morrison’s early bridges that he designed and built.  Morrison would become one of the most important bridge engineers in Ohio in the 1800’s.  Though he designed other bridges in this style the Germantown bridge is the only surviving example. 

Originally built over Little Twin Creek on Dayton Pike but in 1911 it was moved to its present location on East Center Street to help preserve it.  Later in 1981 a drunk driver crashed into it causing it to collapse into the creek.  The people of Germantown recovered and restored the bridged and since then it has been designated as a pedestrian only bridge to protect it.