Rating:
4 votes

Beaumont Street Bridge

Photos 

Side view

Photo taken by Paul Miller

BH Photo #108028

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Beaumont Street in Asheville
Location
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Status
Open to pedestrians only
Design
Stone arch
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.59547, -82.53779   (decimal degrees)
35°35'44" N, 82°32'16" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/360692/3940170 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Asheville
Inventory number
BH 23226 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Arch (11,190)
Buncombe County, North Carolina (26)
Deck arch (10,429)
Have street view (22,039)
North Carolina (816)
Open to pedestrians (3,536)
Stone arch (2,647)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2014: New photos from Calvin Sneed
  • March 11, 2010: Updated by Matthew Ridpath: Added Street View
  • February 15, 2010: Updated by Bob Morgan: added map marker
  • June 5, 2007: Posted photos from Paul Miller

Sources 

  • Paul Miller
  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Matthew Ridpath
  • Calvin Sneed - us43137415 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Comments 

Beaumont Street Bridge
Posted April 13, 2011, by Robyn Watkins (robyntw247 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This bridge (also known to the locals as "Helen's Bridge" or Zealandia's Bridge) was built in 1909 as part of a driveway access to the Zealandia Castle located on the crest of Beaucatcher Mountain. Legend has it that a nearby home belonging to a woman named Helen caught on fire killing her only child...a little girl. The woman was so distraught over what happened that she hung herself on the bridge. The ghost of Helen has been spotted on-and off for a number of years.

The bridge had been in danger over the years of being torn down. When Beaucatcher's Cut (part of I-240) was being dig in 1976, the fear was that shockwaves from the blasts would cause the bridge to crumble. The bridge was shored up with scaffolding while work on the cut was done. The scaffolding remain in place until 1999 when preservationist worked on restoring the bridge for foot traffic.