Roberts "Double Barrell" Covered Bridge.
Roberts Bridge is one of only six double-barreled covered bridges in the United States and is the only double-barreled covered bridge in Ohio. Roberts Bridge is Ohio’s oldest covered bridge and is the second oldest covered bridge of any kind in the United States. Roberts Bridge was constructed in 1829 by Orlistus Roberts and James Campbell over Seven Mile Creek on Old Camden Pike south of Eaton. As the story goes, Roberts died before the bridge was completed. James Campbell, his seventeen-year-old apprentice, finished the bridge and married Roberts’ widow. All three of them are buried in a cemetery on the old Roberts farm.
By the 1880s, most of the original protective frame and structure were no longer present. The bridge underwent many repairs and revisions, but the actual load-bearing portion remained intact. Old Camden Pike eventually became US Route 127, connecting Toledo and Cincinnati. In the late 1920s, the state decided to reroute US 127, leaving Roberts Bridge on a lonely stretch of country road. On August 6, 1986, arsonists set fire to the bridge. Although the bridge was severely damaged and charred, it did not collapse due to its strong truss. It was finally decided to relocate and restore the bridge. The restoration was completed in 1991 as the bridge was moved to its new location on South Beech Street in Eaton.The 90' bridge rests on stone abutments. Roberts Bridge is the only double-barrelled covered bridge in Ohio and is one of only six left in the United States. The Roberts Bridge has three trusses, one in the center and one on each side of the bridge. Each truss has a multiple kingpost truss encased by two Burr arches. The interior is features runners on either side and the three double Burr arches. The exterior has red wood siding. On August 5, 1986, the bridge was burned by arsonists. The fire destroyed most of the bridge. The fire was a great tragedy because it not only ruined the oldest bridge in Ohio, but the only double-barrelled bridge in Ohio. Roberts Bridge, after being dismantled, sandblasted, and reassembled at a cost of over $150,000, is now located in a city park on the south edge of Eaton.