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Everett Covered Bridge

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio 44264 USA

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Wed 12a-11:59p
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Everett Covered Bridge, which crosses Furnace Run, is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County. But in the 19th century, it was one of over 2,000 in Ohio, the state that led the nation in covered-bridge construction. The bridge played an important role in the 19th-century transportation system. Local histories emphasize the role of the Ohio & Erie Canal. With the canal, farmers could ship products to Cleveland and beyond. But to get to the canal and other local destinations, people needed functional roads. Creek crossings posed a challenge for early roads. Their treacherous nature is illustrated by the story of the origins of Everett Covered Bridge. Whether this incident actually led to the bridge construction is uncertain. However, it certainly represents the real hazards of the time. On a winter night in 1877, valley farmers John Gilson and his wife had to cross Furnace Run when returning home from visiting friends. A winter storm had caused the waters to rise and ice to obstruct the ford they would have used. In passing around the ford, Mrs. Gilson was thrown into the stream. Mr. Gilson lost his footing and was dragged by his horse into deeper water. Mrs. Gilson was rescued, but Mr. Gilson's body was not recovered until four days later. The story continues that the bridge was built in response to this tragedy. In truth, the date of construction is unknown and could have predated the drowning. However, clues suggest that it was built close to the time of the incident. Covered bridges are truss bridges with support coming from a framework of beams. The builders of Everett Covered Bridge used a truss pattern patented by Robert W. Smith of Tipp City, Ohio, in 1867. The bridge was also unlikely to have been built much after the 1870s. The popularity of covered bridges waned in the 1880s with the appearance of more durable iron bridges like the one seen at Station Road Bridge Trailhead. Everett Covered Bridge was repaired at least twice after major damage, first caused by the 1913 flood and then by a truck in 1970. Then in 1975, rushing water from a spring storm lifted the bridge from its sandstone abutments and deposited the wreckage into the steam bed below. Local citizens, rallied by park friends group (then called Cuyahoga Valley Association; now called Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association), began raising funds to rebuild the bridge. School children, local citizens, private organization, and governmental agencies all joined hands to secure funds for the historically accurate reconstruction, completed by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1986.

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Reviewed by
Mike G

  • 23 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
January 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

They say it's haunted. Very scenic and relaxing area! Check it out.

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JuliePranceMangum

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July 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

A beautiful spot to stop for a bit, play in the creek and admire God's creation. Definitely worth the time!

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Anna Hider

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June 18, 2015
Rated 4.0

It's too bad there aren't a lot of these left anymore. If you're in the area, this is a great quick photo op! The red is so quaint!

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Everett Covered Bridge

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Peninsula, Ohio
44264 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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