3 votes

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge


Photo taken by Kordite

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)


View this photo on Flickr

BH Photo #269133


Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Youghiogheny River on Railroad/Pedestrian Pathway
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Built 1883, Converted to pedestrian use after 1921, Abandoned 1945,
- Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (PLE)
Wire/cable suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.04592, -79.61224   (decimal degrees)
40°02'45" N, 79°36'44" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/618381/4433775 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 58536 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 25, 2013: Added by Luke Harden



Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted July 5, 2017, by Mike Piontka (Spginc [at] comcast [dot] net)

Originally, this bridge was for the P&LE Broadford Branch opened in 1883. The last rail ran across it in 1921 and the became a pedestrian bridge to for employees of the A. Overholt & Co. Distillery on the east shore of the Youghiogheny to travel to and from their homes in Adelaide on the west shore. At some point the original railroad bed was replaced by a suspension bridge, the remains of which are seen today. The bridge was abandoned in 1945. The Overholt Distillery was closed in the late 50s when it was bought out by Jim Beam, who still produces "Old Overholt 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey" in Kentucky.

This information was directly copied from Kordite. I'm surprised that he never added it to this page.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 29, 2013, by Robert Thompson

Perhaps, owing to how many suspension bridges are pedestrian-only, a logical classification would be Pedestrian and Non-Pedestrian.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 28, 2013, by Zachary S

Ah, excellent. That's pretty much what I was thinking. If you haven't finished tagging them yet I'll finish doing so when I get the chance.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 27, 2013, by Luke Harden (lukemh9 [at] gmail [dot] com)

I think that just creating new categories for the different types would work best, seeing as specific categories for eyebar suspension and cable stayed bridges already exist on the site.

I've gone ahead and created a wire/cable suspension category & a chain suspension category.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 27, 2013, by Zachary S

More specifically I'm referring to their place in the categories and tags; there's a 'suspension' category but few sub-categories in the tags that I can find other than the ones mentioned, so it isn't easy to browse by the different styles of suspension bridge, and it puts small wire suspension bridges and swinging bridges next to massive bay-spanning suspension bridges without an easy way of dividing them.

Since there are only a couple hundred suspension bridges on the site, I'll gladly take on the task of adding a couple more tags for the different types to make for easier browsing, unless this is a stupid idea lol.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 27, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

Any suggestions on how to better categorize suspension bridges? Right now the sub-categories are: wire/cable, eyebar, and self-anchored.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 26, 2013, by Zachary S

I'm thinking we probably need a new category for wire suspension bridges, or at least a better way of separating the various types of suspension bridges on the site. As it stands I believe there's only a 'suspension' category.

Overholt Distillery Suspension Bridge
Posted October 26, 2013, by Anonymous

Holy cow, that low hanging cable is an extreme danger to boaters.