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WLE - Great Stone Viaduct


View Of Stone Arches, Ohio Side

Photo taken by Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress

BH Photo #119189

Street Views 


Stone arch bridge over city streets on the former B&O Railroad at the west approach to the Benwood Railroad Bridge. Listed in Landmarkhunter as "B & O Railroad Viaduct".
Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio
East portion open to traffic, west portion abandoned
Future prospects
July 2015: The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society has reached an agreement with CSX Transportation for the purchase of a portion of the abandoned "Great Stone Viaduct" in Bellaire. The contract, which took about 18 months complete, covers the purchase of a 20-arch portion of the bridge and 5.5 acres of associated real estate for $83,000.

The arches intended to be acquired will stretch from the west side of Guernsey Street to the bridge abutment at Hamilton Street. The remainder of the structure, about 23 more arches, remains in use by the Wheeling & Lake Erie as part of its crossing of the Ohio River between Bellaire and Benwood, W.Va.

Built 1867-71, opened June 21, 1871; abandoned 1983
- Jacob H. Linville of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Wendel Bollman of Baltimore, Maryland
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (BO)
- Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (1990) (WLE)
Stone arch
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 22, 1976
Also called
B&O - Great Stone Viaduct
Approximate latitude, longitude
+40.01301, -80.74371   (decimal degrees)
40°00'47" N, 80°44'37" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/521873/4429233 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 76001370 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44721 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,367)
Arch (12,653)
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (529)
Bellaire, Ohio (4)
Belmont County, Ohio (59)
Built 1871 (133)
Built during 1870s (1,266)
Continuous (2,629)
Curved (490)
Deck arch (11,890)
Have street view (28,893)
Jacob H. Linville (21)
NR-listed (3,013)
Ohio (4,187)
Open (40,968)
Owned privately (1,928)
Preserved (1,229)
Railroad (16,456)
Stone arch (3,280)
Wendel Bollman (26)
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (1990) (80)

Update Log 

  • September 13, 2020: New photos from Matthew Hemmer
  • October 25, 2016: New photo from Janis Ford
  • July 30, 2015: Updated by Alexander D. Mitchell IV: Portion of bridger sold for preservation; ownershiop corrected
  • February 20, 2014: Updated by Jim Allen: Added NRHP listing
  • October 28, 2013: New photo from Luke Harden
  • October 27, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added category "Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad"
  • April 3, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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WLE - Great Stone Viaduct
Posted June 7, 2017, by Paul Cramer (info [at] greatsononeviaduct [dot] org)

The Western portion of the Great Stone Viaduct was purchased in July 2015 by the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society, a non-profit 501-c3 educational organization. Fundraising is ongoing to maintain and preserve the structure and create a green space, bike and walking trail, and park area at this site. The GSV Society a website at: http://www.greatstoneviaduct.org

Stone Bridge
Posted April 13, 2010, by Joshua Collins (bigjc1979 [at] aol [dot] com)

I think this is the same bridge as BH 27290.