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Graysville Bridge


Oblique View of the South face

This bridge is closed to all traffic. The deck is in rough shape. This photo was taken from a "hobo jungle," where a fire was still smoldering, and the bridge appears to be a popular hangout for local teens.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2007


BH Photo #110621


This span is very similar to the Laughery Creek Bridge in the design of the portals.

Brief History 

Written by Sherman Cahal

The Graysville Bridge is a closed crossing over Fish Creek on Woodland-Graysville Road (CR 27) in Marshall County, West Virginia. The Whipple through truss was constructed in 1882 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. It was the first iron bridge in the county.

In 1882, the county court ordered construction of a bridge across Fish Creek at Hornbrook (later Graysville). Completed at a cost of $15,000, voters feared that the bridge would bring upon financial ruin for the county. The bridge remained in service until 1984.


Through truss bridge over Fish Creek on CR 27
Marshall County, West Virginia
Closed to all traffic
Built 1882 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Co.
- Wrought Iron Bridge Co. of Canton, Ohio
Pin-connected, 13-panel Whipple through truss
Length of largest span: 201.1 ft.
Total length: 203.1 ft.
Deck width: 17.1 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 17.3 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.81633, -80.79694   (decimal degrees)
39°48'59" N, 80°47'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/517379/4407391 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Powhatan Point
Inventory number
BH 35325 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2008)
Sufficiency rating: 19.5 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 16, 2017: Essay added by Sherman Cahal
  • August 14, 2010: Updated by Anthony Dillon: Changed common name
  • January 30, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning



Fish Creek Bridge (Graysville)
Posted April 3, 2008, by Will Nelson (Willynwv [at] yahoo [dot] com)

There is a different manufacture plate on the west end of the brdge. Its for the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canto Ohio. Heres the link to my picture of it on Flickr.