The bridge was demolished in 2011. I have pictures of the old bridge (taken May 2011) and the bypass under construction (taken August 2011).
I have not yet been able to determine the locations of all of the lost tunnels on the Parkersburg Branch of the B&O Railroad. But, looking at the topography between Cornwallis and Cairo, and noting the tunnel numbering sequence, the locations in this area are obvious. I have also field checked the locations of Tunnels #14-#17. Tunnel #17 is extant, just abandoned. The other tunnels between #13 (Bonds Creek Tunnel) and #19 (Silver Run Tunnel) have been daylighted.
I have added a page for the Old Lodgeville Tunnel. Google Maps (with Terrain enabled), very clearly shows the old railroad grade leading to the tunnel. The cut on the east end is very well defined.
A photograph of this tunnel can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/mu3em27 I used Tiny URL, but the source is the West Virginia Historic Photographs Collection at The University of West Virginia in Morgantown.
This tunnel was replaced in 1952 by the wider Lodgeville Tunnel which is currently being used by the CSX Railroad. If you go to Google Maps and enable Terrain, you can see the railroad cuts leading to the tunnel. The cut on the east end is very clear.
I don't know if the tunnel is accessible or not. I also don't know what condition it is in. I assume that it does exist in some form as you can not really demolish a tunnel unless you daylight it.
Please see the link below to the sucessor. There is a good discussion on that page.
This video speaks for itself.
I recently found out that my 2X Great Grandfather worked on these tunnels in the 1860s. Apparently, he helped repair the old wooden liners and then helped with the process of lining the tunnels with stone and brick.
His memoir does not say specifically which tunnels he worked on, but he was living in Cornwallis at the time. Many of the tunnels between Cornwallis and Cairo were short and got daylighted in the mid 1900s.
He did mention walking from Parkersburg to Cairo via the railroad once. His trek took him to (likely through) the Silver Run Tunnel west of Cairo and he mentioned that tunnel in his memoir.
The oxygen issue likely isn't an issue for this tunnel since it is apparently open to the public... they wouldn't do that if there was a hazard. My guess is that with both ends open fresh air can get in. I would be more considered with a tunnel that had one end blocked up. The oxygen issues I have heard about usually involve things like storm drain tunnels or vehicular tunnels open to traffic (which have ventilation fans installed).
Interesting thought. I have often wondered about workers being confined to safety alcoves as a train passed through - especially the old steam locomotives. I can't imagine being in there as a trail billowing smoke and steam came through.
I did not notice a lack of oxygen while I was in there. I can tell you that it is certainly wet in there. I got dripped on a lot - the record rainfall in the area this summer undoubtedly added to that.
Be careful going into an old tunnel because a tunnel is a "confined space" and confined spaces can have an atmosphere that is depleted of oxygen.
Walking through this tunnel is a real experience! It consists of nearly a half-mile of darkness. There was fog inside the tunnel when I made the trek. Anybody who has driven in fog with their high beams on will know what my headlamp was doing. Awesome, awesome tunnel!
The remains of the west portal can be accessed near the west portal of the new tunnel.
If hiking from Parkersburg, stop shortly before the new tunnel and look for the trail to your right (south). The trail leads to the old tunnel site after a very short walk.
Some individuals have managed to gain access to a portion of the old tunnel that never collapsed. Their photographs and videos can be found online. I considered their work to be good enough for me, and I never attempted to access the tunnel as it is obviously dangerous to do so.
Very interesting bridge, considering. Not sure if I like it or not. Based on an older article I read, this bridge may be record setting for a delta, so that's why I added it.
I've seen pictures of the structure when it was nearing completion at http://www.asce.org/cemagazine/Article.aspx?id=23622325952#.UlgvDVCKKyw
I remember crossing this beautiful single lane through truss bridge as a kid. When I crossed this bridge, I knew I was less than 5 minutes from my grandparent's house. I have tried and tried to find a picture of this bridge, but so far have failed.
I agree, it appears as if it was built as a pedestrian bridge. Also unusual is the fact that WVDOT maps show the bridge as CR 63/10, so it is maintained by the WVDOT.
The photograph shows the Bonds Creek Tunnel which is tunnel 13. I have visited both lately and will try to post photographs soon.
Tom Hoffman, I think the old bridge's name was the "Shadle Bridge". There are some pics on the Internet, & it was a cantilever truss.
Chuck Yeager famously flew a jet fighter at over 500 MPH under this bridge in 1948.
This is a coal tipple. Coal was carried by conveyor belt, across the road and then stored in the silo until it could be loaded into rail cars for transport to market.
I noticed that as well and I corrected.
No worries. I just realized that this is a duplicate listing.
Thanks for catching that.
I was editing in haste and just copied the original "carries" up to the title for the new name.
One slight correction. It is North Bend. (Singular) Thanks.
Google Streetview indicates that there is no bridge at this location. It appears to be lost, assuming that the streetview shows the correct location.
I have some idea that the previous bridge here may have been an older cantaliever truss. Does anybody have any info regarding the history of this former bridge?
I have some idea that the previous bridge here may have been an older cantaliever truss. Does anybody have any info regarding the history of this former bridge?
It would be nice if another bridge for three lanes of traffic is built next to this one. Unfortunately, there have been too many sick and mindless demolitions of metal truss bridges lately. I believe a twin modern Warren Cantaliever Truss for one way would look better than a UCEB as a twin or replacement. The current bridge can easily be converted to three lanes for one way traffic with emergency shoulders. West Virginia built some new Cantaliever Truss bridges not tremendously long ago like one at Huntington in 1995. Also there is the new WV2 Kanawha River bridge built in 1998.
You're quite welcome! I loved this old tunnel and was fortunate enough to witness several of the smoke tests that were run there as part of the big dig project in Boston. To me, this tunnel reminds me of going to Myrtle Beach as a kid. After we went through the old tunnel, we would count how many times we crossed over Paint Creek before getting to Beckley!
Thank-you for posting this, I was but I simply did not have enough infomation to post it. I remeber see this when I was going to school in SW Virgiana, some 20 years ago. The new bypass was only two years old at the time.
To me, it looks like this was a temporary bridge used during construction of the new structure.
In response to Tom Hoffman's comment, I would imagine that the WVDOT will most likely build a new structure next to the current one, but it most likely won't be the same type. As an example, I submit the new I-64 bridge in Kanawha County between Dunbar & South Charleston. For several years, the old bridge was a 4-lane bottleneck between two 6-lane portions of the interstate. They first built a completely new bridge downstream from the older bridge for one-way 3-lane traffic and then rehabilitated the older structure reducing it from two-way 4-lane to one-way 3-lane structure.
Two years ago this bridge was featured on a USPS stamp, a $4.95 priority mail.
Now this bridge is featured on a NRHP weekly update for August 23, 2013 listing it as being added to the register.
I suspect that this one is on private property (possibly railroad), so I probably won't try to find it unless I find out that there is public access to the area.
I plan to be in Cairo, so I will be hiking that stretch. The Silver Run, Bond's Creek, Dick Bias Tunnels and Tunnel #12 should be a reasonably easy hike. I am also hoping to visit all the tunnels on the trail, but I don't know if I will quite accomplish that or not.
This bridge or the road doesn't even show up on the official 2011 General Highway Map for Harrison County as published by the WVDOT.
I lived the first 18 years of my life in Bridgeport. I have biked portions of the NBRT with my father as well in the Cairo vicinity in Ritchie County. I would love the opportunity to see this lost tunnel as well, but I fear it would be in poor shape and perhaps even sealed. I do not recall it being used during my lifetime.
I hope when you return you are able to locate it.
I wish I would have had my camera with me because I was there. Interestingly the through truss section is over the railroad and there is a deck truss section over the water.
Thanks, Mr. Miller. I will try to get the old tunnel added if someone does not beat me to it.
I have no idea what condition it is in, but what a potential it would have as a trail! I have no idea if there would be demand for a hiking/biking trail between Clarksburg and Bridgeport, but the thought is certainly intriguing.
I am really looking forward to going back to West Virginia soon. My 4X Great Grandfather, John Elder is buried in Bridgeport, so I am sure I will be in the area. I also have family buried near Weston, Harrisville, Smithville, Glenville, and Parkersburg. The NBRT is definitely high on my list of priorities, as are the associated tunnels.
There is a second tunnel that is abondoned and no longer in use to the north of the tunnel that is currently utilized by CSX. I have included an old Clarksburg 7.5 minute USGS topo showing this tunnel. I have looked on various satellite images and can find no traces, however.
I have biked through the current tunnel (which is wide enough for two sets of tracks, but only has one on south side of the tunnel) when I was a teenager growing up in Bridgeport and attempted to find the old tunnel. It was on private property and I was unable to access it.
Here is a picture I took in the Spring of 2012 upstream on the northern bank of the Kanawha River. The Patrick Street & C&O Railway Bridge are both in the background.
Before the bridge was named after Eugene Carter, it was known as the Fort Hill Bridge.
This is a view of the Southside Bridge downstream from the bridge viewing the old C&O Railway Station to the right of the structure.
One of the last conversations I ever had in person with my Grandfather, was about the history of this bridge. He was born in 1906, just before the bridge opened, and he passed away in 1996, which was the year it was replaced.
He remembered the streetcars using this bridge when he was a young man, and he also told me about the original wooden deck being replaced with metal grates.
My Grandfather informed me that the new bridge, which had not yet been completed, would use the original pylons from the old bridge. The new bridge does not use trusses for the approach spans, but the main span is a modern polygonal Warren through truss. While it does not have history or some of the intricate details of the old span, it is nice looking bridge.
I have listed this tunnel as being on the CSX Railroad. If it should by CSXT, then the railfans can sort it out.
There is a prominent ridge between the neighboring towns of Clarksburg and Bridgeport. Route 50 passes through a large roadcut to connect the towns. The railroad runs through this tunnel.
The streetview shows Walker Road as it crosses the tunnel.
The streetview shows Walker Creek Road at the approximate location where it passes over the old tunnel. The streetview also reveals the large hill that obstructed the railroad.
Thanks Luke. After the CSX(T) wars from a couple years ago, I have been a bit hesitant to post any rail names - even if they are listed on another website.
As I mentioned in a previous comment, I am planning to return to West Virginia later this year for a visit. I will photograph as many of these tunnels as I can.
My next project is to located the 10 Lost Tunnels (other than the Old Eaton Tunnel), and add them to Bridgehunter.
Robert, right about the time you posted that comment, I was adding rail lines from info I found in the Wikipedia article about the trail.
As a final note, I will let the railfans list all of the railroad names that are applicable to the tunnels from the "Appalacian Subway" as Mark Twain called it.
Apparently, the title for the new streetview did not come through. The tunnel is located immediately behind the roadcut to the right. Absent of a photograph, this is the closest we can get right now.
This bridge was originally constructed of Whipple through trusses with Whipple deck truss approaches.
The Brandy Gap Tunnel is the easternmost tunnel on the North Bend Rail Trail in West Virginia. There are currently 13 tunnels along this trail. The trail passes through 10 of them and beside 3 others. There used to be more tunnels along this route, but many of them probably got "daylighted" and converted into large cuts.
I am hoping to visit West Virginia sometime this year, and I will make a valiant attempt to photograph as many of these tunnels as possible.
Judy, Annie, David,
I am so sorry about your Dad.
I always liked him from the time I was a little boy.
I remember going to his pool hall with my dad and he always would give me a poker chip to buy a candy bar. He always made me feel important.
I always enjoyed talking to Nelbert Legg, no matter when or where.
Bless you all, you have a great dad.
Frank shirts jr.
I do not have any photo's handy but can add them later.
That St. Marys bridge is in used today an is not 'completely' a lost structure.
Most of it has been taken down but part of is use to take car and foot traffic to the near by island called Middle Island.
The bridge over the Mississippi River in Muscatine also has a light display.
I had the pleasure of watching the Peace bridge this past Christmas. Its quite an impressive display when they put the lights in motion, worth the visit. An unusual but beautiful small-scale example of this sort of lighting can be found on the Saegertown Bridge:
Glad you found the link useful. One great thing about lighting a bridge is that you get twice the effect because bridges are usually over a large reflective surface.
I'd like to go see the Peace Bridge lit up.
Johnstown Pa has the Stone Bridge lit up with changing lights. See a video of it on you tube.
Here's a video from some folks who want to light the Mackinack Bridge:
Do a Google Image Search for "bridge lighting" for some amazing pictures.
The day this bridge hit the Ohio River a massive amount of history and historic bridge value died with it.
Thanks for posting the link to the ad. This will be a useful document to share when discussing preservation possibilities with people.
I don't know about Silver memorial Bridge, but it's becoming fashionable to light bridges. Here's an advertising publication from Philips Color Kinetics:
I was returning from Florida on the night of March 9 via Airtran bound for Pittsburgh International when I saw a bridge that must have crossed the Ohio River about 15 minutes before landing. It was after 11 PM and the bridge was lit up with a very striking blue and purple. I don't think I have flown over that area for many years and probably never at night. I did a Flight Aware tracking of our approach and it looks from the timing and angle of the look that I had, that I could have been seeing the Silver Memorial Bridge out my window on the left side of the aircraft. Does anybody know if that might be the bridge that I saw, is it lit at night?
I drove over this bridge last night around 3 am.. returning to Columbus Ohio from making a delivery. It made me wonder about who Donald Legg was. My mother had relatives in the past who named Legg and they lived in southern Ohio. I think most of the "Legg's" that I met may have died. I can recall a Delbert Legg who worked with the railroad,he was from Idaho, Ohio... He probably was aware of this bridge in the 1970's when I was a kid and didn't or couldn't travel... My grandparents would put him up for the night, and of course I had to go home when he was in town working with the railroad... they used to reunion at Pike Lake in the 1970's..Nice Truss Bridge...got home okay!
This bridge was constructed by the Virginian Railway.
This bridge has been closed to traffic due to a cable snapping at the top of one of the towers. See link:
I'll be honest with you, I hated going across this bridge. It's very narrow and makes for a stressful crossing, especially during rush hour. But, although I hated crossing it, I hate to see it replaced with something that has little to no personality and no historical significance. I wish they could have done the same thing to this one that they did to the Winfield Toll Bridge - even though they are different types of bridges.
I believe it should be N&W, but am open for corrections.
Was this bridge built by the N&W RR or the Virginian RR? Also, do you how old it is?
Railroad tracks run right next to the tower and coal hoppers were loaded here for years. Not sure when operations ceased.I used to live in Wheeling and went past here all the time in the 70's and early 80's.
My ancestor John Wallace and his son Charles Wallace likely worked on this bridge. Charles was Masonry Inspector / Superintendant on National road from Wheeling to West Ohio.
We have family records of Charles and he must have learned the trade from his Father to be that high ranking.
I'm pretty sure the Parker's are skewed about 45 degrees. That can result in some odd looking portal braces.
Looks like we have a Pennsylvania truss here--same complexity as a Baltimore, but with curved upper chord. Parkers are the same configuration as basic Pratts, but with curved upper chord. Camelbacks are Parkers with upper chords that have only 3 sides (not including end posts).
Not sure if I got the main span design right on this bridge. I believe its a parker. But I have always had trouble with Baltimore, parkers, and camelbacks.
This bridge has been demolished. Its replacement is a girder structure but they did try to emulate some of the railing of the old bridge.
If you get a chance take a look at this bridge in Street view and bing maps. The towers for this cantilevered are just awesome.
Wrong bridge photographed. This is a Pratt through truss on WV 250/2 at Durbin, a much lighter span. Query Back River bridge or some variant for similar vantage points.
From the 1925 Clarksburg and Weston quads:
Monongahela Valley Electric ran parallel to the B&O tracks until they split at the bridge with the electric crossing the bridge and the B&O going along the east side of the creek.
They still look pretty beefy for an interurban and the fact that they don't "match" suggests reuse. The mining in the area a century ago led to a lot of trackage that's no longer present. It's likely that as lines to played out mines were taken up their bridges were moved.
Looks to me like one span of a traditional road bridge was paired with a repurposed railroad span.
It's definitely narrow enough to be an older railroad bridge.
I am pretty sure this is originally a railroad bridge. Not only does it look like a railroad bridge, I can see remnants of the RR line on aerial imagry where the highway breaks away from the old RR alignment.
Here is the link to the demolition of the bridge: http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view§ion=5-News&item=Part-Of-Ices-Ferry-Bridge-Comes-Down5556
This bride was recently demolished this week. I am looking for some video footage of it. Would you know of any?
Is this the bridge over the Kanawha that used to have a toll on it?
Since it won't let me put it as the York, Pennsylvania Luten Bridge Company, I put York, Pennsylvania in parentheses.
Yes, this would have been the same Wendel Bollman, associated with B&O Railroad and the inventor of the Bollman truss configuration: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendel_Bollman
I will leave it to others to reveal who the other names are.
Just wondering....this Wendel Bollman fellow...on the old Kingwood Tunnel in Tunnelton West Virginia, the one that was abandoned in 1950 or so, there are three stones that sit on top of the old tunnel. They have names and titles carved in each of them. The middle stone of the three has Wendel Bollman carved in in, and below his name is "Master of Road", I believe. Is this the same Wendel Bollman that was involved with the Board Tree Tunnel?
I'd also like to know who John L Wilson was, the "Assistant Master of Road", and Robert Murray, who I think was in charge of arching. I cannot tell what the stone says from my picture but to me it looks like an abbreviation for supervisor so I think the stone says "Supv of Arching." If anyone knows anything, I'd love to hear what you have to share! Thanks :-)
BRIDGEHUNTER, i"m 44 years old and i grew up in the house beside of the BARRACKVILLE COVERED BRIDGE. It was and is the most beautiful bridge I've ever seen. I have beautiful pictures of it. As kids my sister and I played in it. We even camped underneath it. It was the safest place in the world to us. To me the bridge is like home. A laundrymat used to be beside it. We would go there and get a cream soda and sit on the large stones that are in front of the bridge. We would sit there and watch the cars go by. Barracville, what a wonderful home it was.Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the Barrackville Covered Bridge. Thanks!
Thanks for this information. That rail-trail is on my list of things to do someday.
I appreciate the work involved in creating this web site and the time taken to research the Harrisville Southern Railroad. However, it is apparent that the researcher did not fully inspect the area.
To say that these abutments are the only evidence remaining of the HS RR implies there is nothing remaining of the road bed itself. This is not true as you can walk on the old road bed from its intersection in Harrisville with Court Street/State Route 31 downstream along Front Run to its confluence with Back Run.
There are also bridge abutments where the RR crossed Front Run and then, I believe, some evidence of abutments below the mouth of Front Run on the south side of Back Run, across from the large rock overhang known locally as Courthouse Cave.
The road bed may then be traveled on following Back Run, through Kroger's Pass, to the point where a bridge crossed Back Run and the RR continued around the hill where it then crossed Third Run right before that stream empties into the North Fork of the Hughes River. I believe the abutments at Third Run are still visible as they were later used for the highway bridge that crossed Third Run after the RR was removed.
Before the river was turned into a lake, the RR bed could be traveled on all the way to North Bend State Park and to the point where the abutments still stand to this day where the RR crossed Bonds Creek before entering Cornwallis.
The county road from Harrisville to North Bend State Park actually travels on the RR bed from near the mouth of Jughandle Run to the point where the county road leaves the river and starts up the hill to the Park Entrance.
The RR bed continues along the river through the River Campground to where the park road crosses the river on, I think, some abutments that were built for the RR.
The park's "Trail For The Blind" is actually on the RR bed. Where the "TFTB" ends, the RR bed continues and is used today as a hiking/biking trail to obtain access to the North Bend Rail Trail at Tunnel #13. The previously mentioned abutments for the bridge crossing Bonds Creek can be seen where the RR bed ends and a trail was constructed north along Bonds Creek to join with the North Bend Rail Trail.
I don't know if anyone will really read this or believe anything I've said but I thought someone may find it interesting.
Would love to see the finished product from 1935. Thank you. I have a picture postcard of the men who worked on the bridge back then.
Yea, it is true. The phones are ringing off the hook at the controlled demolition contractors. There is not a recession for demo boys EH!!!!!
Its a historic cantilever truss bridge in the United States. Of course they want blow up and replace with slab of concrete. Soon, a passport or enhanced drivers license will be required to see a historic cantilever truss because the way things are going, pretty soon you will have to go to Canada if you want to see a historic cantilever truss.
I read an article online on the WVADOT saying this bridge is in the works to be replaced. Another UCEB coming, especially to a scenic area where it will blight it up for nature lovers, artists, and photographers. Unless West Virginia replaces it with another truss or "signature" type span instead, look for the lastest of the trend of "UGLY"!
And this year's award for "Weirdest Portal Bracing" goes to...
Rebecca, the bridge is called the "Lilly Bridge" because it is built across the Bluestone Lake over or near the site of an inundated town called "Lilly". I am not sure but the lake was created after the bridge was opened, noting when the town of its namesake was flooded over.
Several references were made here to a town you show as Cassaway and that is misspelled...it is Gassaway, with a 'G'. I should know: I was born in Gassaway in 1952 and raised there. Please make these corrections to your website. Thanks so much.
I believe the firm Richardson, Gordon and Associates is based in Pittsburgh, not New York as stated in a previous comment.
I didn't nominate the bridge, I merely submitted comments to an already-completed nomination. Submitting comments mainly helps make sure the nomination goes through and is not rejected.
Preparing the actual nomination is a lot more work. However, the way to start in many states is to prepare something that is usually called something like a "preliminary eligibility determination" form for the state SHPO. Similar to an actual nomination, but less formal and done through the SHPO, this prepares the groundwork for an actual nomination and you get some input and help from your state SHPO.
Nathan Holth, you must have a direct Hotline to the National Park Service review board as this bridge is now on the NRHP!
Now if someone could help me with my proposals ...
Bing birds eye confirms that it's gone