Dresden Suspension Bridge

The Dresden Suspension Bridge formerly carried OH 208 over the Muskingum River in Dresden, Ohio. Constructed in 1914, it was closed to automobiles in 1988.

The bridge replaced an earlier wire suspension crossing. Designed by George Coepland, it was Ohio’s first suspension bridge. A major flood in 1913 washed away the crossing.

Shortly after, County Engineer Ralph Strait began preliminary surveys for a replacement bridge. The county settled upon a truss bridge. Those plans, however, were scuttled by the Board of Engineers of the War Department, who said that the crossing should have an additional six feet of vertical clearance and that the horizontal clearance be increased to 630 feet.

A higher eyebar suspension bridge was completed in December 1914 by the Bellefontaine Bridge and Steel Company of Bellefontaine, Ohio. The Dresden Suspension Bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and bypassed in 1988.

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Written by Sherman Cahal