Vaughn Wascovich
Stacks Image 11604
Columbus Road Bridge, 2012
digital inkjet print
The Columbus Road Bridge occupies a site that dates back to the earliest days of Cleveland: the infamous 1837 Bridge War. Citizens of the City of Ohio and the Village of Cleveland disagreed on where bridges should be erected and how many bridges should be built. The controversy resulted in a showdown with nearly a thousand citizens, armed with rocks, clubs and rifles, marching on the bridge. Miraculously, no one was killed in the confrontation. Historians believe that the Old Columbus Street Bridge was one of the only covered bridges in Cleveland and, since its completion around 1836, the bridge has been rebuilt five times to accommodate modern transportation needs.