John Bright #2 Covered Bridge

John Bright #2 Covered Bridge (HM28XW)

Location: Lancaster, OH 43130 Fairfield County
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N 39° 44.262', W 82° 35.099'

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Built in 1881, John Bright #2 covered bridge
originally spanned Poplar Creek on Bish Road near
Baltimore, Ohio. It is named after pioneer settler
John Bright, whose family farm was located near
the original site. August Borneman of Lancaster,
the leading bridge builder in the area, built the
70-foot span for a cost of $927.50. The bridge
features a rare inverted bowstring truss and a
unique metal sway bracing system. Sometime later
a wooden arch was added. In 1975, John Bright #2 was
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ohio Untversity Lancaster Dean Ray Wilkes led
efforts to save John Bright #2 after it could no
longer carry vehicular traffic. In April of 1988 the
bridge was moved 12 miles from Poplar Creek to
Fetter's Run at Ohio University Lancaster, where
preservation efforts on the bridge were undertaken.
Cooperation among Ohio University Lancaster,
Fairfield County, local businesses and organizations,
and volunteers enabled the completion of the
project in 1990. John Bright #2 is a testament
to innovative bridge building techniques in the late
19th century and community cooperation and
pride 100 years later.
HM NumberHM28XW
Year Placed2013
Placed ByOhio University Lancaster, the Lancaster Festival and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 364186 N 4399846
Decimal Degrees39.73770000, -82.58498333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.262', W 82° 35.099'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 15.72" N, 82° 35' 5.9399999999998" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Fairfield Heritage Trail, Lancaster OH 43130, US
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