Despite a weather forecast that called for all-day rain, I was on the hunt for several historic bridges in the southwest coalfields of West Virginia.
A Weekend of Rural Abandonments and Bridges
The bleakness of the winter landscape in south-central West Virginia was a constant reminder of the season’s harshness. It was a perfect time to visit some abandoned bridges and churches.
The Bridges of Glenville, West Virginia
Glenville, West Virginia, the county seat of Gilmer County, is located along the Little Kanawha River. It was originally referred to as “the ford” because it was a place where travelers could cross the river. Today, bridges have mostly replaced the largest fords in the area.
The Saga of the Dunbar-South Charleston Bridge
The Dunbar-South Charleston Bridge, commonly known as the Dunbar Toll Bridge, was initially constructed as a tolled crossing by the city of Dunbar, West Virginia. It was to connect the emerging suburban community of Dunbar with industrial centers across the river. Lower than expected traffic counts and competition from free bridges forced the sale of the bridge in the 1970s.
Deconstruction of the Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge Continues
The gradual deconstruction of the 60-year-old Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge continues. Completed in December 1963, it carried Interstate 64 over the Kanawha River between St. Albans and Nitro, West Virginia.
Fresh Renovations for Wheeling
A renovation to the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge and major repairs to 26 bridges along Interstate 70 in and around Wheeling, West Virginia, are wrapping up.
Covered Bridges of the Greenbrier Valley
Seventeen historic covered bridges span West Virginia’s rivers and streams, and most are still in use by motorists or are open to pedestrians. In this article, we explore five that are in or near the scenic Greenbrier River valley.
A History of the Yeager Bridges
The Charles “Chuck” Yeager Bridges, two unique steel through arches, carry the West Virginia Turnpike and Interstates 64 and 77 over the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia.
Nestled in Pocahontas County, West Virginia is Sharps Tunnel along the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Greenbrier Division.
Sunsets Over Charleston
The sun sets over the Eugene A. Carter Memorial Bridge on another evening in Charleston, the capital city of West Virginia