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B&O - Parkersburg Bridge (Old)

Photo 

Public Domain: Published Prior to 1923

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BH Photo #435971

Map 

Facts 

Overview
Lost Whipple through truss bridge over Ohio River on Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Location
Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia
Status
Replaced by a new bridge
History
Construction started July 9, 1869, and the bridge opened January 7, 1871
Builders
- B&O Mount Clare Shops of Baltimore, Maryland
- Jacob H. Linville of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Keystone Bridge Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Railroad
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O; BO)
Design
2 Linville-Piper Variant Whipple through trusses; Varying lengths of 348 feet 9 inches and 347 feet 9 inches
4 Linville-Piper Variant Whipple deck trusses; Varying between 209 feet and 315 feet
Parkersburg Approach: 22 Bollman Trusses with spans varying from 50 feet to 100 feet.
Belpre Approach: 6 Bollman Trusses varying in length from 121 feet to 124 feet.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.27089, -81.56506   (decimal degrees)
39°16'15" N, 81°33'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/451257/4346989 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83109 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • October 15, 2018: Updated by Luke: Noted that the main spans were Linville-Piper variants of the Whipple truss; Noted that Bollmans were built @ Mt Clare
  • October 14, 2018: Added by Luke

Sources 

  • Luke