Ohio has many beautiful historic covered bridges; Union County is home to five of these unique architectures. Four of the five bridges were built in the late 1860’s and 1870’s, and are still in use as part of the county highway system. They are currently being well-maintained by the Union County Engineer.
All four historical covered bridges in Union County were designed and built by Reuben L. Partridge (1823-1900) and are based on a design patented by him in 1872. Mr. Partridge lived in Marysville from 1836 until his death, which was the result of a fall from a bridge he was building north of Marysville. The Union County Bridges and one in adjoining Franklin County are the only remaining bridges built with Mr. Partridge’s patented design.
The Union County covered bridges all have “windows” cut into the siding. This is not in the original design. It was done to increase visibility with the advent of automobile traffic. These “windows” have roofs or awnings to protect the trusses from the elements.
Rent a Bridge!
Do you want to rent a Covered Bridge for a wedding or special event? If so, please download the Rental Agreement.
Get more information about the Union County Covered Bridges from the Union County Engineer website!