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NS - Bostian Bridge


Looking NE

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BH Photo #330868


Street View 


As I understand it the original bridge seems to have been a stucco covered brick arch. The bottom of the bridge was either built with stone or decorated with stone. At some time it appears to have been replaced as the bridge is now a concrete arch as far as I can tell-Royce

Bostian Bridge Claims Another 

Written by Curtis Lee

Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, August 27th, 2010, the 119th anniversary of the Bostian Bridge train tragedy and at about the same time, approximately 12 ghost hunters were on the bridge's span.

Legend says that on the wreck's anniversary the sounds of the horrific crash and the screaming passengers might still be heard. The ghost hunters were hoping to witness this event.

Instead of the ghost train, a real Norfolk-Southern train turned the corner as it headed east to Statesville authorities said. The train was traveling its normal 35 to 40 mph at the time and the train crew hit the horn and applied the emergency brakes - but there was nothing the crew could do but watch in horror.

The terrified ghost hunters ran back down the bridge towards Statesville, trying to cover the nearly 150 feet to safety. All but two made it. Charlotte, NC resident Christopher Kaiser, 29, was struck and killed. A woman, who witnesses say Kaiser pushed to safety, fell about 40 feet from the trestle and was injured. Her name and condition have not been released but she has been identified as Kaiser's girlfriend. She was being treated at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Please remember that this is trespassing on railroad property. Not only is it dangerous - it's illegal, and railroads will prosecute you for trespassing. When photographing and visiting bridges, particularly railroad bridges, remember to stay safe. This hobby isn't worth dying for.


Stone arch bridge over Third Creek on Norfolk Southern RR, 2 miles w. of Statesville, NC along Buffalo Shoals Rd.
Iredell County, North Carolina
Open to traffic
On Aug. 27, 1891 passenger train Number 9 going from Salisbury to Asheville derailed and fell 60 feet off of Bostian Bridge. The wreck killed 30 people and injured many more.
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Brick and stone span with 5 arches. Span is 60 ft. above the creek bed.
Total length: 260.0 ft.
Deck width: 14.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.76400, -80.92203   (decimal degrees)
35°45'50" N, 80°55'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/507047/3957775 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Statesville West
800 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 43296 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2015: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • June 15, 2015: Updated by Royce and Bobette Haley: Edit description
  • August 28, 2010: Essay added by Curtis Lee
  • April 4, 2010: Updated by Curtis Lee: added coordinates, street view
  • August 29, 2009: Added by Curtis Lee


  • Curtis Lee - clee47ford [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com


NS - Bostian Bggridge
Posted January 16, 2019, by Gary Pharr (Pharrgary [at] yahhoo [dot] com)

Believe only thing Done to bridge is that the railroad has dumped tons of stone around it. The arches in size i believe support that I grew up around the old Brostain 3rd creek viaduct. & yes when the rain is headed toward Statesville the shoal blocks the sound sometimes so in that case if your on the trustel you better haul ass .I've had to do so as a young man Still interesting after all these years. God Bless