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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