HYB: Benson Street Bridge in Lockland, Ohio

Source: Brian Stansberry (photographer), CC BY 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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This bridge is one of the most forgetful structures when traveling through Hamilton County and the greater Cincinnati area. The Benson Street Bridge is a single span concrete pony arch bridge spanning Mill Creek just outside Lockland. Built in 1910 by E.A. Gast, this structure was the predecessor to the Marsh Arch Bridge design (a.k.a. Rainbow Arch), which was patented by James B. Marsh (1856-1936) in 1912. It is unknown whether he modified the design based on the one constructed by Gast or if his design was based on this experimental design. The Benson Street Bridge was built to replace a Howe through truss bridge built of iron that had existed in the 1870s. This video, presented by History in Your Own Backyard provides you with some insight on the bridge’s history. Enjoy! 🙂