Graysville Bridge

    Graysville Bridge

    The Graysville Bridge is a closed crossing over Fish Creek on Woodland-Graysville Road (CR 27) in Marshall County, West Virginia.


    The Whipple through truss was constructed in 1882 1 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. 2 It was the first iron bridge in the county. 1

    The bridge once connected Hornbrook, which developed along the east bank of Fish Creek around 1780, to Woodland. 1 The first families to settle were the Baker and Yoho families, followed by the Hornbrook family and others. During the early 19th century, the Hornbrook family built a mill.

    John Hornbrook constructed the first school in the village and served as its first teacher. 1 A second school was later constructed, and a third was built in 1917, which remained in use until 1976.

    In 1882, the county court ordered construction of a bridge across Fish Creek at Hornbrook. 1 Completed at a cost of $15,000, voters feared that the bridge would bring upon financial ruin for the county. The bridge remained in service until 1984.

    A store and post office was established by G.F. Gray and one of the Gatts family members in Hornbrook in 1886. 1 When the postal service appointed Gray as postmaster, they named the post office Graysville.


    Information

    • State: West Virginia
    • Route: Woodland-Graysville Road
    • Type: Whipple Through Truss
    • Status: Abandoned / Closed
    • Total Length: 203 feet
    • Deck Width: 17 feet
    • Above Vertical Clearance: 17.3 feet

    Sources

    1. Norr, Jeremy A., M.A., and Patrick D. Trader, M.A. Phase I Cultural Resources Investigation of the Proposed Mitchell Landfill, Franklin District, Marshall County, West Virginia. Research report no. 11-52001, Cincinnati, Gray & Pape, 9 Sept. 2011, report.
    2. Bridge plaque.

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