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Virginia Street Bridge (1877)

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Virginia Street Bridge

Reno Gazette-Journal: July 27 2015; Nevada Historical Society

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BH Photo #452672

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Description 

In 1877, the county commissioners authorized the Wheelock and King Company of Des Moines, Iowa to build a $15,700 iron bowstring arch truss bridge to replace Lake's wooden bridge. The bridge was in place by July, and carried Virginia Street's traffic until 1905, when it was moved east to Rock Street. It was destroyed in the 1950 flood. (From: http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/80002471.pdf)

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bowstring through truss bridge over Truckee River on Virginia Street
Location
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Built 1877; Replaced & Moved 1905; Lost to flood 1950
Builders
- G.H. Wheelock of Des Moines, Iowa
- King Iron Bridge Co. of Cleveland, Ohio [also known as King Bridge Co.]
Design
Bowstring through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.52486, -119.81258   (decimal degrees)
39°31'29" N, 119°48'45" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/258244/4378801 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Reno
Inventory number
BH 70830 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 11, 2021: Updated by Luke: Tweaked builder: Wheelock & King was not a compnay, but King Iron Bridge Co. and a salesperson/representative G.H. Wheelock
  • July 21, 2019: New photo from Melissa Brand-Welch
  • February 8, 2016: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Melissa Brand-Welch - melissabrandwelch [at] msn [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • rgj.com - Photo halfway down the page
  • Luke