Y-Bridge Historical

Y-Bridge Historical (HM1VA0)

Location: Zanesville, OH 43701 Muskingum County
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N 39° 56.389', W 82° 0.754'

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The Historic National Road in Ohio

—A Unique Landmark —

On November 16, 1814, the Muskingum Messenger reported,

"Muskingum and Licking Bridge, This grand and important work
is now possible. Great credit is due to Mr. Rufus Scott, the architect.
Now the south and north sides of Licking Creek were joined with
Zanesville on the east side of the Muskingum River."

This uncovered toll bridge was the first of five generations
of Y-bridges that served as an important transportation link
unique to the National Road in Ohio.

The second bridge was constructed in 1819 after the collapse
of the original bridge. While designed to carry greater loads,
the new structure survived only 13 years. Wear and damage
from a winter flood made the bridge unsafe to carry the
increased traffic that would pour across Ohio on the
National Road. The third generation Y-bridge, built in 1832,
carried travelers for 68 years. The fourth generation bridge
was constructed in 1902. Heavily damaged in the flood of
1913, it was repaired and remained in service until 1979,
when it was replaced by the bridge you see today.

Toll fees for the first bridge -
Each foot passenger ~ 3 cents
Each horse, mule, or ass one year old or upwards~ 4 cents
Each horse and rider~ 12 & ½ cents
Each sleigh or sled drawn by two horses or oxen~ 25 cents
Each coach with four wheels
and driver, drawn by four horses ~ 75 cents
HM NumberHM1VA0
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Ohio National Road Association, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 413490 N 4421568
Decimal Degrees39.93981667, -82.01256667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.389', W 82° 0.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 23.34" N, 82° 0' 45.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12 US-40, Zanesville OH 43701, US
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