Built in 1986 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Ashtabula County, Ohio, the Caine Road Covered Bridge is located in Pierpont Township near Jefferson, Ohio. Spanning 124 feet across the West Branch of the Ashtabula River, the covered bridge was built by John Smolen, who built a number of covered bridges in Ashtabula County. The bridge was the first Pratt truss covered bridge built in Ohio and uses vertical components and diagonals that slope down toward the center. Construction of the bridge took place on dry land, but a new channel of the river was cut so the river could be rerouted underneath the bridge once construction was completed.
My own visit to the Caine Road Covered Bridge came at the end of a long day of exploring, especially factoring in the number of bridges one could visit around Ashtabula County. It was a feather in the cap of a fun day, and if you could say visiting a covered bridge is relaxing, I thought it was a relaxing way to end my travels.
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Ashtabula County Visitors Bureau - Caine Road Covered Bridge
The Pennsylvania Rambler - Caine Road Covered Bridge, Ohio
The Cleland Crew - Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Tour, Part 1
Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Trail - Caine Road
DaleJTravis.com - Ohio Covered Bridges