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Goshen Land Company Bridge


Calfpasture River Bridge elevation

Calfpasture River Bridge showing the northwest side of the structure. Note galvanized finish which was applied in 2002.

Photo taken by Frank Danberg in October 2008


BH Photo #135684

Street View 


Two-span Pratt through truss bridge over Calfpasture River on Route 746 in Goshen
Rockbridge County, Virginia
Open to traffic
Built 1890, Rehabilitated 2001-02
- Groton Bridge Co. of Groton, New York
- Streetcar
Two span, eight-panel pin-connected Pratt through truss
Length of largest span: 138.1 ft.
Total length: 259.9 ft.
Deck width: 19.4 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 19.7 ft.
Skew angle
30 degrees
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 15, 1978
Also called
Calfpasture River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.98563, -79.49395   (decimal degrees)
37°59'08" N, 79°29'38" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/632256/4205290 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
Inventory numbers
NRHP 78003041 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
VA 15686 (Virginia bridge number)
BH 33829 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of July 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 50.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com


10-panel truss (232)
19th Century (8,416)
Built 1890 (293)
Built during 1890s (3,198)
Functionally obsolete (5,816)
Groton Bridge Co. (113)
Have street view (28,926)
NR-listed (3,014)
Open (40,970)
Owned by state (16,567)
Pin-connected (4,729)
Pratt through truss (6,067)
Pratt truss (10,317)
Rail-and-Road (397)
Railroad (16,464)
Rockbridge County, Virginia (19)
Skewed (5,012)
Span length 125-175 feet (4,423)
Streetcar (292)
Through truss (16,839)
Total length 250-500 feet (5,513)
Truss (35,529)
Virginia (1,384)

Update Log 

  • October 29, 2017: New photos from Martha Carver
  • February 26, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • May 4, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • July 5, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is known as the Goshen Land Company Bridge; added NRHP info
  • March 17, 2009: Updated by Anthony Dillon
  • March 17, 2009: New photos from Frank Danberg


  • Frank Danberg
  • Tony Dillon - spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • HAER VA-102 - Goshen Bridge, Spanning Calfpasture River at State Route 746, Goshen vicinity, Rockbridge, VA
  • Martha Carver - martha_carver [at] bellsouth [dot] net


Calfpasture River Bridge
Posted March 18, 2009, by Gene McCluney (mccluney [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I see from the linked article, it was designed for 2 lanes of traffic as well as a street car. That explains the larger than normal size of the floor beams.

Calfpasture River Bridge
Posted March 17, 2009, by Frank Danberg

VDOT rehabilitated this bridge in 2001-2002. They evidently took apart the truss and had it completely galvanized. It now has a bright silver-like appearance. There is an interest web article on the bridge's restoration on the FHWA website. See it at this address... http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/04jan/07.htm