200 Years of the Y-Bridge

by Josh Overholser on July 6, 2014 at 11:46 am

Zanesville’s famous Y-Bridge is celebrating a major milestone this year.

The first Y-Bridge was constructed 200 years ago in 1814. From stagecoaches to automobiles and covered wooden bridges to the current concrete one, the bridge has certainly seen some changes throughout the years.

 "The first bridge was a toll bridge," said Bob Jenkins, President of the Pioneer and Historical Society. "You had to pay so much for each animal, each person crossing the bridge. It was like a half pence, if they had a half pence today. Then, of course, in 1902 they built the concrete bridge. It was under water in 1913, completely, but it survived. When the flood water went down, it was fine. Then it was demolished and rebuilt again, and the current bridge is meant to look exactly like the 1902 bridge."

The current bridge is the 5th Y-Bridge to cover the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The only one of its kind, Jenkins said Amelia Earhart once described Zanesville as the easiest city to recognize from above because of the bridge’s unique shape. The Pioneer and Historical Society hopes people will stop by the Stone Academy to learn more about the 200 years of the Y-Bridge.

"We’re celebrating the bicentennial of that bridge," Jenkins said. "We have a display at the Stone Academy. We’re open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons one through four."

Jenkins also said you can arrange a private tour at the Stone Academy if you’d like. To do so, you can give them a call at 740-454-9500.