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WLE - Bellaire Bridge



View Of Bridge Portrait, Especially Piers, Looking East

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

Street Views 


Through truss bridge over Ohio River on former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Bellaire
Benwood, Marshall County, West Virginia, and Belmont County, Ohio
Open to traffic
Built 1871; Ohio River truss spans replaced 1905 by the American Bridge Co.
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WLE)
Main spans: Six Parker through trusses
Ohio (west) approach: 43 stone arches
Length of largest span: 347.9 ft.
Total length: 1,435.5 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1976
Also called
B&O - Bellaire Bridge
Great Stone Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01183, -80.73946   (decimal degrees)
40°00'43" N, 80°44'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/522235/4429102 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76001370 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 37012 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad", "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad"
  • January 29, 2012: Updated by C Hanchey: Added bridge builder
  • November 30, 2010: New photo from Eric Root
  • February 22, 2010: Updated by Joshua Collins: added gps coordinates
  • August 1, 2008: Added by J.R. Manning

Related Bridges 


  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WV-15 - Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Benwood Bridge, Benwood, Marshall County, WV
  • Joshua Collins - Bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com
  • Historicbridges.org - by Nathan Holth
  • Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
  • Janis Ford
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Luke


Benwood Railroad Bridge
Posted November 14, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

I had seen trailers for this movie and guessed there would be a number of bridges in it. Interesting to hear this is one of the bridges. I don't suppose the doomed Bellaire Bridge is visible in any of the shots?

Benwood Railroad Bridge
Posted November 13, 2010, by J.P.

This bridge is the featured bridge in the movie unstoppable. Along with other bridges. The fake town name is Stanton Penn. they showed several older pin connected railroad trusses. im going to look for them but no gurantees as the movie was filmed all over penn, ohio, and WV.

B&O Railroad Benwood Bridge
Posted November 29, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This is a magnificent structure!