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Big Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by Greg Hall

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BH Photo #139575

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Wire suspension bridge over Big Coal River on foot traffic
Location
Forks of Coal, Kanawha County, West Virginia
History
Built 1920 by Oregonia Bridge Company to serve along with little Coal River Pedestrian Bridge and link three land masses together in a coal mining community
Builders
- F.O. Burdett (County Engineer)
- Oregonia Bridge Co. of Lebanon, Ohio
Design
Wire suspension
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.27252, -81.79937   (decimal degrees)
38°16'21" N, 81°47'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/430077/4236354 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Alum Creek
Elevation
633 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 42463 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 18, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • February 22, 2010: Updated by Bob Morgan: added map marker and info
  • 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
  • Bob Morgan - morgans212 [at] att [dot] net
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net

Comments 

Big Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Posted February 27, 2017, by Connie Mosteller (mikconmost [at] aol [dot] com)

From what I have heard and read (but can't relocate the media), the Kanawha County & the Lincoln County Boards of Education shared the cost of building these bridges so that students could get to school.

Big 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 and 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 preceeded the rail road tracks that exist today on the north end.

Big Coal River Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Posted October 16, 2009, by Kim Pauley (kim1956 [dot] pauley [at] gmail [dot] com)

The east end of the swinging bridge over the Big Coal River side is located at my Dad's front yard. My sister rode her motorcycle over the bridge to get to the Point.

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

Photo 1- Builder plaque

Photo 2- Looking West-both cable towers visible

Photo 3- Concrete cable anchor at West end. The other concrete anchor visible on the righ is for the Little Coal River (identical) Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

Photo 4- looking west from the railroad tracks

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

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

Photo's taken during 2008 visit.

Photo 1- standing at East end/looking west

Photo 2- East end anchors/deck

Photo 3- Looking North-south end

Photo 4- Underneath deck

Photo 5- Looking South

Photo 6- plate/side

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