Appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, this Y-shaped bridge has spanned the Licking and Muskingum Rivers in Ohio since 1814. The first bridge (wooden trestle and stone piers) across the two spans was a toll bridge, with the toll house on the center pier – foot traffic 3 cents, each horse or mule one year and older 4 cents. If you had a coach-and-four, crossing cost you 75 cents.
But wind and weather take their toll as well, and the Y-bridge has been built five times over its two centuries – generally in response to floods washing it away. Today the bridges carry traffic along State Highway 40 and Linden Avenue in Zanesville, and the rivers are regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers’ lock and dam system.