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LC - Catawba River Trestle


L&C Catawba River Bridge

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson in March 2004


View this photo at railpictures.net

BH Photo #243747

Street View 


A visit to the bridge from the river.

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A through truss bridge over the Catawba River between Lancaster and Chester, South Carolina. The bridge is visible from the nearby highway bridge, but there is no room to pull off and since you are on a 55-mile per hour highway, it's not entirely safe either. It's actually very unsafe.

Fortunately, there is a boat landing under the highway bridge on the Lancaster side of the river. Look for the "Highway 9 Landing" signs and take the dirt road under the highway bridges. Park there, lock your car and find the path used by fishermen to get closer to the bridge.

Wear old tennis shoes and jeans as it can get muddy back there.


Bridge over Catawba River on Lancaster and Chester Railway
Fort Lawn, Lancaster County, South Carolina, and Chester County, South Carolina
Open to railroad traffic
Replaced prior bridge after 1916 flood, was moved here from another location
- Lancaster & Chester Railway (LC)
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.70605, -80.86628   (decimal degrees)
34°42'22" N, 80°51'59" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/512246/3840453 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 54661 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 5, 2017: New video from Clark Vance
  • November 4, 2017: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • October 29, 2013: Updated by Joseph Hinson: Added information about the "fishing path."
  • September 23, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 29, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Lancaster & Chester Railway"
  • November 29, 2012: New photo from Joseph Hinson
  • November 28, 2012: Added by Joseph Hinson

Related Bridges 


  • Joseph Hinson - joethephotog [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Clark Vance - cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com


LC - Catawba River Trestle
Posted November 4, 2017, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Do the locals call this a trestle or was the name applied by someone who hadn't seen the bridge?