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Nolan Toll Bridge


Bridge built ca. 1963 by Big Creek Bridge Company, a consortium of area families, to replace 1943-built suspension span.

The consortium’s purpose for building the bridge was to make it easier and faster for coal companies to haul their coal from one state to another. Eventually the bridge was opened to regular motorists willing to pay the price of the toll.

After the completion of U. S. 119 drastically reduced the number of motoring customers using the bridge, and consequently, the company’s yearly revenue, the consortium made the decision to dissolve the bridge company. Following the company’s dissolution the bridge and the property it rested upon reverted back to the heirs of Elbert Thompson, who then acquired both the land and bridge. He said Thompson’s son, Harold, purportedly attempted to sell the bridge. Having been unsuccessful to find a buyer, however, he later tried to give the bridge to either or both states, with the proviso that either or both would assume responsibility for its future operation and maintenance. Neither state accepted.


Deck plate girder bridge over Tug Fork River
Nolan, Mingo County, West Virginia, and Pike County, Kentucky
Intact but closed to all traffic
Future prospects
Closed ca. 2007 pending inspection; closed "permanently" late 2012.
Built 1963
Deck plate girder
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.73970, -82.33177   (decimal degrees)
37°44'23" N, 82°19'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/382659/4177770 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 83542 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 19, 2018: Added by Alexander D. Mitchell IV