The bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio

It must mean something that I’m coming across this and that about my hometown on the web recently (maybe it has something to do with the Cavs realigning the Universe with their winning of the NBA Championship).

Thanks so much to my friend Ava of Fresh Brewed Thoughts for “bridging” this to my attention.

Please visit Bruce Stambaugh’s wonderful site to see all of his beautiful covered bridge photographs.

Roadkill Crossing

covered bridge Benetka Road Bridge.

By Bruce Stambaugh

I’ve been curious about covered bridges for a long time. I wondered about their purpose other than the obvious one of crossing from one side of a stream to another.

My curiosity got the best of me recently. Accompanied by my wife and another couple, we went exploring all 18 of Ashtabula County’s covered bridges. We discovered that the unique architectural wonders were so much more than a conveyance from one bank to another.

If you’re not familiar with Ashtabula County, it’s Ohio’s northeastern most county. It bumps against both Lake Erie on the north and Pennsylvania to the east.

It’s a big county with varied topography and land usage. Its trail of covered bridges is one of its most distinctive features. Most of the bridges are still in use today.

Covered bridge hobbyists admire the intricate architectural details of the wooden tunnels. I…

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10 Replies to “The bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio”

  1. My guy is from Ohio, but from the southeast corner as opposed to the northeast…however, any part of the state past Columbus is pretty and full of ancient stuff worth investigating and enjoying. We bicycled out to the Bergstresser/Dietz covered bridge, the last one remaining in Franklin County, from his brother’s house in Canal Winchester. The fact that something named “Canal”-anything, historically connects it to the horse-drawn barge canals that threaded their way through much of Ohio. Love this old stuff, it engenders nostalgic old-America images of barges being pulled by mules, horses, or oxen walking along the towpath alongside the canal…about 270-something miles’ worth!

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  2. My Dad’s side came from Braceville in Warren County to NW PA (opposite Ashtabula Co.) in the mid 1800’s. Before that they came from CT. NE Ohio was parceled out to Revolutionary War CT landowners displaced by the war. Some guy named Cleveland was in charge of the land grant. I think they named a swamp after him.

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  3. I appreciate you making me aware of the post about the bridges of Ashtabula County. It just so happens much of my novel BREAKING LIBERATOR’S SHACKLES takes place as a father and son are fishing in the Grand River just below the Harpersfield Bridge and Dam. The father, a past Japanese POW of the Second World tells his story of his ordeal, for the first time, prior to his son’s deployment to Vietnam.



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