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Little Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

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Photo taken by Greg Hall

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BH Photo #139568

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Description 

This footbridge, designated as Kanawha County Route 13/22, carried pedestrians over the Little Coal River and County Route 13/1 at the Forks of Coal. As of 2017, it is fenced off.

Facts 

Overview
Wire suspension footbridge spanning the Little Coal River and CR 13/1
Location
Kanawha County, West Virginia
Status
Intact but closed to all traffic
History
Built 1920 Oregonia Bridge Company. It is believed that this and one similar bridge served joined three peices of land in a coal comunity that is gone now.
Builders
- D.J. Wise (Bridge Engineer)
- F.O. Burdett (County Engineer)
- Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Ohio
Design
Wire suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.27218, -81.80057   (decimal degrees)
38°16'20" N, 81°48'02" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/429972/4236317 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alum Creek
Elevation
615 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 42461 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2017: Updated by Brian Powell: closed to traffic
  • October 17, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • May 2, 2009: Updated by Greg Hall: corrected GPS coordinates
  • April 28, 2009: Added by Greg Hall

Sources 

  • Greg Hall - cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com
  • Brian Powell
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Little Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Posted January 2, 2017, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

Stopped by just before Christmas 2016 to visit these bridges. They now have metal placed across the entrances to indicate they can no longer be used. Visited with a local that was walking his dogs and he says that the wood is getting so bad that "they" decided that the bridges were no longer safe to use. As they are both semi abandoned, not sure who's responsibility it is to maintain them. Suspect they were built by a private company in the beginning.

This fellow also said that there was never a coal settlement where the bridges are, rather, a Sand Company (road to the North end of the Little Coal River bridge is named "Sand Plant Road") that there had been a company there that used barges to dredge the river to get sand from it. He further claimed that legend holds there is still a barge in the river that was left and had sunk. He alleged that the Sand Plant operation had preceded the rail road tracks that exist today on the north end.

Little Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Posted April 28, 2009, by Greg Hall (cyclebay [at] aol [dot] com)

This is one of two foot bridges that meet end to end (the other is the Big Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge)served to join three peices of land together across the fork of the river during coal mining times. Today, there is no evidence visible where the bridges meet to indicate any type of civiliazation ever existed.

These photo's wer taken in 2007

Photo 1- Looking South at the west end from Little COal River Road.

Photo 2- standing on west end, looking east. Brush overgrown onto bridge, but deck in fair condition

Photo 3- Builder plaque on a support tower

Photo 4- Looking south/east from Little Coal River Road

Webmaster's note: The photos that were here have been incorporated into the main site.