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C&O Bridge


Photo taken by Ben Tate in May 2012

BH Photo #242468

Street Views 


Parker through truss bridge over Kanawha River on CSX Railroad (Formerly Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad)
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
City is looking to use it for rail to trail.
Built 1907; Single-lane road added 1920
- American Bridge Co. of New York
- Charleston Interurban Railroad (CIRR)
- Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O; CO)
- Interurban
- Kanawha Bridge & Terminal Co.
Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 424.0 ft.
Total length: 4,291.0 ft. (0.8 mi.)
Also called
C&O - Kanawha River Bridge (Charleston)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.36263, -81.66207   (decimal degrees)
38°21'45" N, 81°39'43" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/442158/4246258 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Charleston West
Inventory number
BH 54366 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • January 8, 2022: New photos from Mark Boettcher
  • February 22, 2020: Updated by Luke: Merged postcard from George Chambers proving the existence of the road spans
  • December 3, 2019: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • October 20, 2017: Updated by Luke: Noted that the bridge had a one-ane roadway
  • September 14, 2017: Updated by Luke: Added builder & old railroad info
  • June 19, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • November 9, 2012: New photos from Ben Tate
  • November 9, 2012: Updated by Matt Lohry: Corrected main span type--this is a Pennsylvania through truss.
  • November 8, 2012: Updated by J.P.: Added categories "Pin-connected", "Kanawha River", "Railroad", "Chesapeake & Ohio Railway", "CSX Railroad", "Steel trestle", "Curved"



C&O Bridge
Posted February 22, 2020, by George Chambers (gchambers3 [at] gmail [dot] com)

There was a car bridge on the side of it built around 1920.

CSX - Kanawha River Bridge (Charleston)
Posted September 14, 2017, by Jason Rhodhouse (Rhodes130 [at] aol [dot] com)

Actual name of the bridge is the Kanawha Bridge and Terminal Company as per the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Kanawha Subdivision Side track Record and Charts PGs 74-75. The Bridge was purchased by the C&O around 1922 to 25, and one can still read the C&O lettering on the bridge above Kanawha Boulevard, on a good day. Last trains to cross the bridge would have been in the late 80s.

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Charleston Bridge
Posted November 9, 2012, by Matt Lohry


Looks like we have a Pennsylvania truss here--same complexity as a Baltimore, but with curved upper chord. Parkers are the same configuration as basic Pratts, but with curved upper chord. Camelbacks are Parkers with upper chords that have only 3 sides (not including end posts).

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Charleston Bridge
Posted November 8, 2012, by J.P. (wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Not sure if I got the main span design right on this bridge. I believe its a parker. But I have always had trouble with Baltimore, parkers, and camelbacks.