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Covered Bridges across America and Ohio

The history and stability of covered bridges has always fascinated me. These bridges remind me of a time long ago when people traveled by horse and buggy. It also makes one think of the romantic era of our past, where couples would go and carve their initials into the wood. In fact, this is where the nickname “kissing bridge” came from, with couples going there to be together.


The first covered bridge in the United States is thought to have been built in 1805 in Philadelphia.

The oldest covered bridge still standing is located in Cooperstown, New York, which was built back in 1825 (Courtesy of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges).

The longest covered bridge in the U.S. is in Ohio: the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, located in Ashtabula County, measures at 613 feet long and is 93-feet above the Ashtabula River.


If you go to the Touring Ohio: Heart of America website, you can discover how many covered bridges are in each county. On Facebook you can ask to join the group “Covered Bridges of Ohio,” which provides photos of different bridges all throughout the state.


Check out the list of both fiction and non-fiction titles below:


See the titles below on covered bridges, found in our catalog: 

Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne L. Christner

Murder Under the Covered Bridge by Elizabeth Perona

America’s Covered Bridges: Practical Crossings — Nostalgic Icons by Terry E. Miller

Life in the Slow Lane: Tales of Covered Bridges Written by and for the People Who Love ‘em by Reiman Publications

The Covered Bridges of Ohio: An Atlas and History by Miriam Wood


Check out these titles found on OverDrive/Libby or Hoopla:

The Covered Bridge by Karen Harper

America’s Covered Bridges by Terry E. Miller

Ohio’s Covered Bridges by Elma Lee Moore

The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Carl E. Feather

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller




Jenni Hemphill is the current Assistant Supervisor for the Boardman, Springfield, and Greenford locations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (K-12) in 2001 and a Master’s of Library and Information Science plus K-12 degree in 2015, both from Kent State University. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for ten years, where she taught all ages, and has been a contract interpreter for the deaf locally.

She started at PLYMC back in 2014 and loves helping patrons, of any age, find their next best read, and going out into the community to schools for off-site programming. She currently runs the ASL Club Program for PLYMC.

Her and her husband have two children, who attend Springfield Local Schools. She loves to read, spend time with family, and trying new things.