We think we have readjusted to winter after 25 years in Florida, but when temperatures ran about twenty degrees above average the first weekend in March, we rejoiced and had to get out of the house, even if just for a drive in the Ohio countryside.
A map of Central Ohio had a covered bridge on it, so that became our destination. The map was not precise, so it became a game to find it as well as other covered bridges.
Reuben Partridge began building covered bridges in Ohio in 1866. During the course of his career, he built over one hundred. Four remain in Union County to the northwest of Columbus and one in Franklin County which includes Columbus.
The first bridge we tracked down was the Spain Creek bridge, a short bridge on the creek of the same name which flows into the Big Darby Creek. The Upper Darby Bridge, later known as the Pottersburg Bridge was not far away.
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The Union County Engineer built a two-lane bridge over Big Darby Creek when he restored and moved the Upper Darby / Pottersburg Bridge. We thought it was a nice touch.
Having seen these two Partridge bridges, we started to look for other covered bridges in adjoining counties. Then on our way home, we caught yet another Partridge bridge.
At the end of an easy day on back roads, we had found six historic bridges and one modern version. I think we may have also found a new “sport.”
Date of our visit: 5 Feb 22