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Thomas J. Malone Bridge

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Thomas J. Malone Bridge - East Liverpool, Ohio

Photos and Article by Monnie Ryan
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   Beaver Creek, one of Ohio’s most scenic state parks, Malone Covered Bridge is known for the Little Beaver Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River, as well as acres of surrounding forestland wilderness. Remnants of the Sandy and Beaver Canal, a spur off the Ohio-Erie Canal, are found throughout the park. This 73-mile canal was built in the mid-1800s and contained 90 locks and 30 dams.
   The Thomas J. Malone Bridge is a 42-foot long, altered Multiple Kingpost Truss covered bridge that spans a small stream on Echo Dell Road in Beaver Creek State Park in Columbiana County, Ohio. Gaston's Mill - Pioneer Village, East Liverpool, Ohio In the 1870s, the bridge stood over the Middle Run River between Lisbon and Elkton, Ohio. It is named for Malone, a covered bridge researcher who found the structure along Pine Hollow Road.
   Restored in 1971, the bridge no longer supports vehicle traffic, but is on display in the Pioneer Village section of Beaver Creek Park. The village also features a number of reconstructed log structures such as a chapel, settler's cabin, schoolhouse and blacksmith shop. The centerpiece of the village is Gaston's Mill, a working grist mill built on the site in 1837 and restored in the 1960s. Today, volunteers operate the mill, grinding corn and wheat with water power just as their predecessors did in the 1830s.

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