Covered bridge in Troy among newly named national landmarks

Covered bridge in Troy among newly named national landmarks
A Miami County Bicentennial Ohio Historic Marker was dedicated in 2007 on the site of the Eldean Bridge north of Troy. Photo by Jim Witmer

The US Department of Interior announced today the addition of sites across the country newly designated as National Historic Landmarks, and one covered bridge in the Miami Valley is among them.

The Eldean Covered Bridge in Troy is one of 24 historic sites named as a National Historic Landmark. The 224-foot Long truss bridge spans the Great Miami River and is considered the longest example of the bridges designed by Stephen Long.

Built in 1860, the local historic attraction “is an excellent example of nineteenth-century covered bridge construction and ... is the most structurally intact of less than a dozen surviving Long truss covered bridges in the United States,” according to the interior department.

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Administered through the National Park Service, the National Historic Landmarks Program serves to recognize “historic properties of exceptional value” and supports preservation efforts of various agencies, organizations and individuals through recognition, technical assistance and funding.

Two other Ohio sites were newly designated as National Historic Landmarks — The May 4, 1970 Kent State Shootings site and the village of Greenhills Historic District in Greenhills, Ohio.