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Parkersburg Suspension Bridge

Photos 

View Of Center Span And Support

Photo taken by Wm. Edmund Barret, Photographer, 1973, for Historic American Engineering Record. The bridge was replaced by the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge in 1978 (or in 1980, depending on which history you read.)

Photo taken by Wm. Edmund Barret

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #153481

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost suspension bridge over Ohio River
Location
Belpre, Wood County, West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio
Status
No longer exists
History
Built 1916; Demolished 1980; Replaced by the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge
Builders
- American Bridge Co. of New York (Fabrication)
- Dravo Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Substructure)
- Hermann Laub of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Designer)
- John A. Roebling's Sons Co. of Roebling, New Jersey (Suspension Design)
- Laub & Stuart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (General Contractor)
- Pittsburgh Construction Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Erection)
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 775.0 ft.
Total length: 2,825.0 ft. (0.5 mi.)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.26720, -81.56825   (decimal degrees)
39°16'02" N, 81°34'06" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/450979/4346582 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Parkersburg
Inventory number
BH 43940 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 12, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builders
  • January 27, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning

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Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • HAER WV-88 - Parkersburg Suspension Bridge, Spanning Ohio River between Parkersburg, WV & Belp, Parkersburg, Wood County, WV
  • Luke