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North Pole Covered Bridge


North Pole Covered Bridge is a covered bridge in rural Brown County. It crosses Eagle Creek approximately four miles east of the town of Ripley. Originally built in 1865, It is a covered Smith through truss design. It underwent renovation in 1965 and had significant repairs after a damaging flood in 1997.

As of 2015, the bridge saw an average of 104 vehicles pass over it every day. After its final decades of this active vehicular use, a modern replacement bridge was built in 2019 immediately next to it, and the North Pole Road Covered Bridge was permanently closed to traffic. By then, only around 125 covered bridges remained in Ohio. The North Pole bridge has been preserved as a historic resource for pedestrian use.

Th North Pole Covered Bridge has a total length of 166 feet, a span of 154 feet, is 15 feet in width, and has a vertical clearance of 10 feet. As of 2021, the bridge siding was colored gray. It is closed to vehicular traffic. It is located on US 68, four miles north of Ripley on North Pole Road (County Road 15). The bridge coordinates are 38°45'00" N, 83°46'23" W.

, Jack Schmidt
, Jack Schmidt

A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about North Pole Covered Bridge

A twin of this bridge was located a short distance down the creek on State Route 763 but was lost in the same flooding that damaged this bridge in 1997.

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