South Salem Covered Bridge

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South Salem Covered Bridge
South Salem Covered Bridge.jpg
Western end of the bridge
South Salem Covered Bridge is located in Ohio
South Salem Covered Bridge
South Salem Covered Bridge is located in the US
South Salem Covered Bridge
Nearest citySouth Salem, Ohio
Coordinates39°20′3″N 83°18′52″W / 39.33417°N 83.31444°W / 39.33417; -83.31444Coordinates: 39°20′3″N 83°18′52″W / 39.33417°N 83.31444°W / 39.33417; -83.31444
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectSmith Bridge Company; Robert Matthews
Architectural styleSmith truss
NRHP reference #75001530[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 4, 1975

The South Salem Covered Bridge is a historic covered bridge in northwestern Ross County, Ohio, United States. It was built in the 1870s and has been designated a historic site because of its well-preserved historic engineering.[1] Since its construction, it has carried Lower Twin Road over Buckskin Creek in Buckskin Township.[2] The bridge is a wooden Smith truss bridge, built in 1873 according to a design patented by Ohioan Robert Smith in the late 1860s. Eight wooden panels wide, it rests on stone abutments and is covered with a metal roof.[3]

In 1975, the bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its historically significant engineering.[1] Key to its significance is its unique status: all other covered bridges in Ross County have been destroyed, leaving the South Salem bridge standing alone.[3]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, 77. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  3. ^ a b Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 1224.