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Clarkton Bridge


Clarkton Bridge

South Approach

Photo taken by C Hanchey in December 2008


BH Photo #134061



Two-span through truss bridge over Staunton River on Route 620, near Clarkton
Halifax County, Virginia, and Charlotte County, Virginia
Demolished in 2018
Built 1901-02 by the Virginia Bridge & Iron Co.; closed to vehicles in 1998; rehabilitated as a pedestrian bridge in 2005
- Austin Brothers Bridge Co. of Dallas, Texas/Atlanta, Georgia [also known as Austin Bridge Co.]
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
Main spans: Two pin-connected, 8-panel Camelback Pratt through trusses
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
Total length: 692.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 2007
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.97783, -78.89699   (decimal degrees)
36°58'40" N, 78°53'49" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/687183/4094479 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 33706 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 21, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • May 8, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey
  • February 24, 2009: New photos from C Hanchey
  • February 26, 2007: Posted HAER photos


  • Dan Shaw
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • HAER VA-108 - Clarkton Bridge, Spanning Staunton River at State Route 620, Clarkton vicinity, Charlotte, VA


Clarkton Bridge
Posted March 10, 2020, by David Roach (dogsandus [at] gmail [dot] com)

Removed by VDOT 2018 .

Clarkton Bridge
Posted September 20, 2018, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This "preserved" bridge is being DEMOLISHED!!!! Typical Virginia nonsense.


Clarkton Bridge
Posted December 26, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Was looking at the HAER documentation and I found that the floor beams were remodeled in 1940, at which time the Kingpost beams were added.

Clarkton Bridge
Posted December 25, 2016, by Joey Bane (bermann214 [at] embarqmail [dot] com)

This bridge has recently been closed to pedestrian traffic as well.

Clarkton Bridge
Posted November 23, 2009, by Bobby Norris (bobenorris [at] att [dot] net)

I was in the South Boston area in the summer of 2004 when VDOT came very close to demolishing this bridge. I went for a drive one Sunday afternoon looking for the Clarkton Bridge and when I found it there was a gathering of supporters to save the bridge. I took many pictures and followed the newspapers for months to see what happened to the bridge. I'm glad to know it is still standing and I hope I can visit it again someday.

Clarkton Bridge
Posted July 17, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Makes since Wes.....they do look like an upside-down Kingpost truss.

Clarkton Bridge
Posted July 17, 2009, by Wes Kinsler (wkinsler [at] wkinsler [dot] com)

Those are called "trussed beams". It is a concept similar to truss rods under old-fashioned wooden railroad cars. It looks, from the pictures, that these were added in on after the bridge was built.

Clarkton Bridge
Posted July 16, 2009, by Anthony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

This bridge has perhaps the most unusual floor beams that I have ever seen. They are what I know as "Fishbellies" but are not a solid beam.