Strange weather and Reuben Partridge’s bridges

1883 Spain Creek Bridge, 66 feet long. The windows and awnings were added sometime prior to 1930 and the bridge was rehabilitated in 1988.

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. 

Click on photos to enlarge and see the captions.

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.

When the Union County Engineer restored and moved the The Upper Darby / Pottersburg Bridge in 2006, he replaced it with a larger bridge in the same style.

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

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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10 Responses to Strange weather and Reuben Partridge’s bridges

  1. Garfield Hug says:

    Interesting share Ralie. Thanks. Reminds me of the posts of Milford Street as he did a lovely series of bridges last year.

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  2. Sheree says:

    Fabulous bridges

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  3. Adam Green says:

    You and Robert Kinkaid! 😉 Seriously though, Americana of the highest order – beautiful!

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  5. Irv and Joy says:

    WOW!!!! I didn’t realize there were covered bridges still around. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Pit says:

    I LOVE covered bridges! 🙂

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  7. This sounds like a fun day of discoveries. There are far worse hobbies than hunting for covered bridges. 😊

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  8. JohnRH says:

    Great finds. I’ve seen a few in Iowa. So solid looking. Intriguing structures. Noteworthy link here: https://www.bustamanteengineers.com/why-are-covered-bridges-covered

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  9. Dido says:

    Thank you- Inspired me to look up the history of the bridges. Another thing to add to our travel list once travel is easier.

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