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PC - Elk River Bridge


Exterior View Of Bridge

Photo taken by Wm. Edmund Barrett, August 9 and September 2, 1975 for HAER

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #154004


Street Views 


Abandoned through truss bridge over Elk River on Penn Central Railroad
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia
- Kanawha & Michigan Railway (K&M)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
13-panel pin-connected Whipple through truss main span, with 1 7-panel pin-connected Pratt through-truss on each end of the main truss span.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.35819, -81.63030   (decimal degrees)
38°21'29" N, 81°37'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/444931/4245746 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston West
Inventory number
BH 44004 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 28, 2019: Updated by Luke: Corrected railroads
  • February 25, 2018: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • May 30, 2017: Updated by Christopher Finigan: Added category "Pin-connected"
  • November 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 21, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • September 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Correct GPS from NS bridge to correct GPS
  • May 14, 2010: New Street View added by Joshua Collins
  • March 2, 2010: Updated by Matthew Lohry: Updated bridge design information
  • February 1, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WV-81 - Elk River Truss Bridge, Spanning Elk River at Penn Central Railroad tracks, Charleston, Kanawha County, WV
  • Matt Lohry
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Todd Wilson
  • Luke
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein


PRR - Elk River Bridge (Abandoned)
Posted February 28, 2019, by Luke

The Charleston streetcar used the Kanawha City Bridge


However, a 1909 topographic map from HistoricAerials.com shows this as being part of the Kanawha & Michigan, a linte that was absorbed into the NYC

PRR - Elk River Bridge (Abandoned)
Posted February 28, 2019, by Chuck Parks (shipscomputer [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is incorrectly identified as Pennsylvania Railroad. It was actually a bridge that was built or the Charleston Interurban Streetcar system.