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CH&D - Spring Grove Cemetery Bridge

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Photo taken by J.P. in January 2014

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BH Photo #273028

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Description 

Information provided by Spring Grove Cemetery The railroad tracks were laid in 1850 and the bridge overpass was built by the Cincinnati-Hamilton-Dayton railway in 1882-1883. A railroad station was proposed for the cemetery at one time but the directors voted against it: They felt that "on occasions the railroad might bring a whole trainload of visitors which would be beyond their control to manage". The C.D. & H. railroad tentatively offered to construct a funeral car to carry the coffin and mourners to the cemetery. On arrival, it was proposed that a hearse carry the coffin to the grave and that the mourners march in a procession after it. The Cincinnati newspapers sharply criticized the Directors for rejecting the proposal. (letter in archives dated March, 1879 from David Peters from Cincinnati-Hamilton railroad company proposes to "build a railroad from Deer Creek Valley to connect these two cities via the cemetery....and the company can deliver the latter with the bodies of deceased persons at or near the gate of the cemetery at an insignificant expense compared with that of the present mode of transportation. The company therefore requests the decision to grant them a license to use the road or a part of this area premises for the necessary track...). In 1849, Spring Grove Cemetery unsuccessfully fought attempts by the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad Co. to take part of the graveyard. "When decided in the right forum, that the public welfare outweighs the private inconvenience, I know of no article of property so sacred, no rood of ground so holy, that it may not be swept away by the right of eminent domain. A letter in the archives dated Oct.19, 1888 from J.C. Spear to Joseph Ramsey, Chief Engineer of the Cincinnati-Hamilton-Dayton Railroad refers to a proposed extension of the Arch under the Railroad. The Avenue Rail Company operated a one-horse car line from Harrison Avenue to Spring Grove Cemetery for ten cents or a ticket for 14 rides for a dollar around 1876. Per Jack White: "the railroad was double tracked" at one time. There is a story about a runaway horse that was spooked by a train whistle and ran into a funeral cortege. The railroad had to prohibit blowing whistles after that".

Facts 

Overview
Stone arch bridge over Cemetery Entrance on Abandoned Cincinnati-Hamilton-Dayton Railroad
Location
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Status
Abandoned
History
Built 1883
Railroad
- Cincinnati, Hamilton, & Dayton Railroad (CH&D)
Design
Stone arch
Recognition
Listed as a contributing resource to the Spring Grove Cemetery Historic District
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.16568, -84.52360   (decimal degrees)
39°09'56" N, 84°31'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/713948/4338083 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cincinnati West
Inventory number
BH 59248 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 4, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added city
  • January 18, 2014: New Street View added by Luke Harden
  • January 18, 2014: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Railroad", "Cincinnati-Hamilton-Dayton Railroad"

Sources 

  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Luke