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US50 Cheat River Covered Bridge 48-39-01x

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Historic postcard photo

Postcard submitted by Tom Hoffman

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BH Photo #233723

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Description 

Designed by famed bridge builder Louis Wernwag and built in 1835 for the Northwest Turnpike Company by Josiah Kidwell. On April 27, 1863 two thousand Confederate troops under the command of Gen. William Jones crossed the bridge, after which they removed the flooring out of one of the lanes. The wood flooring wasn't replaced until after the war. In 1932 a new 3-span steel bridge was started nearby and by 1934 the old bridge had closed to traffic. It stood as a West Virginia state relic until it was destroyed by fire on May 23, 1964.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Bridge over Cheat River on U.S. Route 50
Location
Preston County, West Virginia
Status
Destroyed by fire in 1964
History
Built in 1835 by Josiah Kidwell, bypassed by a new bridge in 1932, destroyed by fire in 1964.
Builders
- Josiah Kidwell (Builder)
- Louis Wernwag of Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Designer)
Design
May have been a Wernwag Truss.
Dimensions
Total length: 339.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.31944, -79.65664   (decimal degrees)
39°19'10" N, 79°39'24" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/615801/4353085 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Rowlesburg
Inventory numbers
WGCB 48-39-01x (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 52704 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 28, 2016: Updated by Steve Conro: Changed name so new/old bridges would list together
  • June 23, 2012: Added by Tony Dillon

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