Bigelow Bridge

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Bigelow Bridge
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Bigelow Bridge in 2009
Coordinates 40°06′58″N 83°25′30″W / 40.11611°N 83.42500°W / 40.11611; -83.42500
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians
Crosses Little Darby Creek
Locale Union County, Ohio, United States
Other name(s) Axe Handle Road Bridge
Maintained by Union County Engineer
Characteristics
Design Covered
Total length 100 feet (30 m)
Width 12.5 feet (3.8 m)
Height 12.5 feet (3.8 m)
History
Designer Reuben Partridge
Opened 1873 (1873)
Statistics
Daily traffic 100 (as of 1951)

Bigelow Bridge (regionally known as Axe Handle Road Bridge) is one of six historic covered bridges in Union County, Ohio. It crosses over the Little Darby Creek, at 40°06′58″N 83°25′30″W / 40.11611°N 83.42500°W / 40.11611; -83.42500Coordinates: 40°06′58″N 83°25′30″W / 40.11611°N 83.42500°W / 40.11611; -83.42500,[1] on Axe Handle Road, just north of Ohio State Route 161 between Irwin and Chuckery.

The wooden bridge was built in 1873 by Reuben Partridge, and named for Eliphas Bigelow, a nearby resident.[2] It was refurbished in 1990, and repainted in July 2008.[3]

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