The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Covered bridge series

Covered bridge series
  • images_sizedimage_066225336 Creek Road renovation work greatly strengthened bridge The Creek Road Bridge, located on the western edge of Conneaut, is the county’s only extant covered bridge with an uncertain construction date.

    March 7, 2009 1 Photo

  • State Road bridge got the ball rolling 26 years ago Ashtabula County was gripped by recession and high unemployment in the early 1980s when County Engineer John Smolen looked to the past for a way to light the county’s future.

    March 7, 2009

  • Historian told how settlers crossed Conneaut Creek Alice Bliss, in her 1968 newspaper stories about Conneaut’s covered bridges, tells how settlers crossed the creek.

    March 7, 2009

  • images_sizedimage_061165143 Middle Road bridge built in 1868, saved 1984 Ashtabula County Engineer John Smolen Jr. knew extensive and difficult rehabilitation was a certainty for the Middle Road covered bridge over Conneaut Creek. What he wasn’t planning on was the immediacy of that rehab.

    March 2, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_052014620 Crossing the East Branch The East Branch of the Ashtabula River rises in seeps near the Pennsylvania border and flows northwest from there for 12 miles before joining the West Branch and forming the river’s main stream.

    February 21, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_052015432 Graham Road bridge has traveling in its old timbers Bob Benson walks the length of the Graham Road covered bridge and points to a vertical post split from the bottom. To the best of his recollection, that’s the post that his brother Frank Benson hit with a 1936 Oldsmobile on the day Frank got his driver’s license.

    February 21, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_039231132 Country charmers that once dotted the rural landscape Some things do their job so well they are too easily taken for granted: that old refrigerator in the garage, the clock that was a wedding present 35 years ago, the kitchen table that belonged to your grandparents, the bridge you cross over every day on the way to work.

    February 8, 2009 1 Photo

  • images_sizedimage_032163640 Two-lane wonder It was hailed as “an Ashtabula County landmark,” an incredible example of early-19th century workmanship and perhaps the most unique among the county’s covered bridges.

    February 1, 2009 1 Photo

  • Rome Township bridge had twin lanes, was flooded by river it crossed Ashtabula County had, for several decades, two twin-lane covered bridges.

    February 1, 2009

  • images_sizedimage_032162711 Paying homage to our ancestors’ forgotten crossings Long before Ashtabula County was selected as the site for the nation’s longest covered bridge, the area had already established itself as an enclave for wooden crossings, several of them unique among Ohio’s covered-bridge population.

    February 1, 2009 1 Photo

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