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Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Co. Bridge


General View Looking East, Showing Reinforced Concrete Bridge Spanning Simpson Creek

Photo taken by William E. Barrett, Photographer, 1974, for HAER.

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BH Photo #154052

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"It is not easy to find a proper structural category in which to put the concrete span across Simpson Creek in Bridgeport. It coule be referred to as a truss, an arch, a bowstring, a tied arch or a Vierendeel Truss. It even has some of the qualities of a plate girder or deep beam, at least at the ends. If the connections between the vertical members and the chords are assumed to be unable to transfer moment, then the structure would have to be considered a tied arch. If these connections are assumed to provide full connectivity, then the bridge takes on the appearance of a Vierendeel Truss. The amount and placement of reinforcing can only be guessd at, except where spalling his[sic] exposed the bars, so the designer's assumptions are not known, but thie writer would opt for the pinned connections."

Taken from the HAER WV-23 Report

The Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Company built the bridge to connect the factory to a new warehouse, built across Simpson Creek, in order to move product, via handtruck, to the new warehouse. It is the last remaining evidence of the Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Company and its successor, Master Glass Company.


Concrete through arch bridge over Simpson Creek on Pedestrian Walkway
Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia
Open to pedestrians
Built 1924 by Bridgeport Lamp Chimney Co.;
- Frank McEnteer
Well, take your pick. It appears to be a through arch. See "Description" section.
The Simpson Creek Bridge is a surviving example of the work of Frank McEnteer, one of West Virginia's most important builders of reinforced concrete structures.
Total length: 67.0 ft.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 1997
Also called
Simpson Creek Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+39.28417, -80.25611   (decimal degrees)
39°17'03" N, 80°15'22" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/564156/4348575 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
NRHP 96001571 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
BH 44006 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • December 18, 2021: Updated by Clark Vance: Added category "Havemeyer rebar"
  • November 15, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • February 26, 2014: Photo imported by Dave King
  • February 1, 2010: Added by J.R. Manning