Roberts Covered Bridge

The Roberts Covered Bridge is a Burr Truss covered bridge in Preble County, Ohio near Eaton. It was built in 1829, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[1]

Roberts Covered Bridge
Roberts Covered Bridge, eastern end.jpg
Eastern end
Nearest cityEaton, Ohio
Arealess than one acre
Built byRoberts, Orlistus; Campbell, Joseph
Architectural styleBurr Arch & Truss
NRHP reference No.71000651[1]
Added to NRHPSeptember 3, 1971
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The bridge was built in 1829 by (and named for) Orlistus Roberts, originally crossing Sevenmile Creek about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Eaton at 39°42′41″N 84°37′15″W / 39.71139°N 84.62083°W / 39.71139; -84.62083 (Roberts Covered Bridge (original location)).[2] It was restored in 1962, and further repairs were made in 1974. After being vandalized and heavily damaged by a fire in 1986,[1][3] it was restored and moved to a city park in Eaton in 1990, still crossing Sevenmile Creek at 39°44′26″N 84°38′20″W / 39.740437°N 84.638759°W / 39.740437; -84.638759 (Roberts Covered Bridge (current location)).[3][4]

It is claimed to be the oldest covered bridge in Ohio, the second oldest covered bridge in the United States, and the oldest of the six remaining "double-barreled" covered bridges in the United States.[5] Its current location is about 150 feet (46 m) north of the St. Clair Street Bridge, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is closed to traffic.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Lorrie K. Owen, ed. (1999). Ohio Historic Places Dictionary, Volume 2. Somerset Publishers, Inc. p. 1178. ISBN 9781878592705. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Preble County Covered Bridges, Preble County Historical Society, 2008. Accessed 2009-04-27.
  4. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 64. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  5. ^ Roberts Bridge Covered Bridge

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