The old covered bridge

Photo courtesy of the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society
This is a view of the Dietz/Bergstresser covered bridge, located on Ashbrook Road just off Washington Street in Canal Winchester, from 1932. It is the only remaining covered bridge in Franklin County and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was built in 1887 in response to requests by Madison Township farmers for a way to transport produce over Little Walnut Creek to reach the Ohio and Erie Canal and railroad in Canal Winchester for shipping. The Columbus Bridge Company built the bridge for $2,690 and Groveport’s Michael Corbett constructed the bridge abutments. The bridge is made up of double and triple truss members of pine and oak. By the 1950s a road was built to bypass the bridge. The bridge was restored in the 1990s. (Information obtained from the CW Area Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society.)
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