UNION COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – Covered bridges span areas like creeks, rivers, canals, and the test of time. There’s a trail of seven that covers 52 miles throughout Union County.

You can visit the trail and earn rewards through the Marysville & Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau (UCCVB). The first reward is a pair of uniquely styled sunglasses.

Many of the bridges in central Ohio were built by Reuben Partridge, who was a longtime Marysville resident.

Partridge built what is a centerpiece of the bridges in the county, the Pottersburg Covered Bridge.

“We love all of our bridges,” said UCCVB Executive Director Karen Eylon. “This one [Pottersburg Covered Bridge] used to be a vehicular bridge, on a roadway. We moved it here and it’s on a trail bed so we can do fun activities out here.”

The bridge sits 1.7 miles northeast of North Lewisburg. The bridge is open to the public and is often used for dinner parties for special events. On the night this story was being produced, the temperature outside was in the mid-90s and the bridge offered a reprieve from the scorching sun while a constant breeze filled the structure.

“We have a covered bridge trolley tour series from June through September,” said Eylon. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Good, Bad News

  • GOOD: You can join the trolley at a winery or brewery, come out and have lunch or dinner, listen to music, and have fun with a laugh, then get a drink ticket and go back to the winery or brewery where you started.
  • BAD: The event is sold out for the rest of the season.

That’s where the Covered Bridge Tour comes into play. You can accept prizes at local venues as you progress through the tour.

“They’ll get to experience bridge-themed cuisine and cocktails and treats and fun items,” said Eylon.

Partridge built or was involved in building more than 200 bridges in Ohio, including helping build the last remaining covered bridge in Franklin County: The Village of Canal Winchester owns the Bergstresser-Dietz bridge which currently spans Little Walnut Creek.

CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio (WCMH)–In March. 1887. the Franklin County Commissioners announced the building of a bridge in Madison Township over Little Walnut Creek at Karmer’s Ford. Area citizens had petitioned for a bridge to transport agricultural products to the canal and railroad. Michael Corbett of Groveport contracted to construct the abutments and the Columbus Bridge Company built the covered bridge for $,2,690. Reuban L. Partridge company Vice President supervised the building using his patented truss system consisting of double and triple truss members constructed of pine and oak. In the 1950s the road traveling over the bridge became State Route 674 and in 1950 the road was redirected to bypass the covered bridge. in 1990, the county contracted with Abba Lichtenstein & Associates to evaluate the condition of the bridge. The W.J. Seidensticker Company repaired and restored the Bergstresser bridge using original and new materials. This, the last covered bridge in Franklin county was rededicated on September 1, 1991. At this time the ownership of the bridge was transferred to the Village of Canal Winchester. (photo by Tony Mirones)