The Hawk’s Nest Bridge carries CSX Railroad over the New River near Ansted, West Virginia. The Parker through truss bridge was constructed for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O).
The original C&O bridge, completed in 1872, was a wood truss variant. 1
On January 29, 1873, a ceremonial driving of the last spike at Hawk’s Nest railroad bridge completed the C&O from Richmond, Virginia to Huntington, West Virginia. 1 The line was actually completed several days prior at a point near Fayette Station elsewhere in the New River valley.
The wood trusses were replaced with a steel trusses in 1892. 1