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Fisher's Bridge



Photo taken by Ronald Wilson

BH Photo #167295


Lost Pennsylvania through truss bridge over Cacapon River on WV-9 (Abandoned Alignment)
Morgan County, West Virginia
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Demolished 2010 to make way for a temporary bridge during construction of new bridge on current WV-9 alignment. State level recordation completed to meet Section 106 mitigation for demolition.
Built 1912; Bypassed and abandoned in 1952; Demolished 2010
Pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.52816, -78.34636   (decimal degrees)
39°31'41" N, 78°20'47" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/728080/4378752 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Great Cacapon
Inventory number
BH 45399 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


Built 1912 (891)
Built during 1910s (10,127)
Lost (30,559)
Lost 2010 (488)
Lost during 2010s (3,650)
Morgan County, West Virginia (37)
NR-eligible (4,125)
Owned by state (16,704)
Pennsylvania truss (601)
Replaced by new bridge (20,804)
Through truss (18,216)
Truss (37,251)
West Virginia (1,605)

Update Log 

  • June 8, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • May 28, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth



Fisher's Bridge
Posted November 7, 2013, by Randy

The bridge was demolished in 2011. I have pictures of the old bridge (taken May 2011) and the bypass under construction (taken August 2011).

Fisher's Bridge
Posted May 28, 2010, by Cliff Darby (clif30 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The road on the north side looks like a one-lane un-maintained path, not a full highway as the main road appears to be, based on Street View. The old road on the south side doesn't even go in the same direction as the new road. Sounds like someone in the DOT has friends in the road construction / logging industry looking for quick work.

Fisher's Bridge
Posted May 28, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Okay.....me again

I just looked at this site on Google Earth, and this is an absolute joke. I figured this bridge was sitting right next to it's replacement, but it's not even close. And unless the old alignment of the road leading up to both ends of this span have been maintained, it will cost money just to upgrade it. Why would they not simply build a temporary bridge right next to the current one. Sounds to me like the kingpins at the WVDOT are trying to out think themselves. Can we label them as PennDOT wannabe's?

Fisher's Bridge
Posted May 28, 2010, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

They must be getting advise from PennDOT........or they are coveting one of these......................

Fisher's Bridge
Posted May 28, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This spectacular pin-connected Pennsylvania through bridge has been sitting minding its own business for decades. Now, WVDOT is replacing the nearby in-use WV-9 bridge and came up with what they thought was a great idea: Demolish the historic truss bridge to make way for a temporary bridge during construction of the new bridge! It remains unclear why this bridge cannot simply be set on shore as a non-functional exhibit or marked and stored in a DOT yard somewhere for future reuse. These are all low cost preservation options, which should be undertaken given the extreme rarity of this bridge.