The Longest and the Shortest in one county!
Come on, get your mind out of the gutter...I mean the longest and the shortest covered bridges in the United States are in one county. You read that right, in Ashtabula County in Northeast Ohio you will find the longest and the shortest covered bridges. Visiting the two bridges is a must when you are next in Northern Ohio. Its not everyday you can say you saw the longest and the shortest in one day!
The longest bridge, the Smolen-Gulf bridge is located right off Route 11 and carries Route 25 across the Ashtabula River. It is 613 feet across and is named after the architect, John Smolen and the Ashtabula River Gulf.
The shortest covered bridge in the United States is the West Liberty bridge and is in Geneva, Ohio. It is 18 feet long and crosses over Cowles Creek. the bridge was built in 2010 by the Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School. Whether it is the longest or the shortest covered bridge, covered bridges in the Northern US are necessary and an engineering marvel.
One of my favorite bridges is the Harpersfield Covered Bridge, located right off route 534; 3.4 miles south of Geneva, Ohio. Nestled in the valley crossing over the Grand River in Harpersfield Township. This bridge is the third longest in Ohio.
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