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This is a list of all 94 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory for the state West Virginia. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of states.
1849 Wheeling (Wheeling and Belmont)
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:32
Structurae ID:0000478
O'Donnell ID:382
Coordinates:N 40.07167 W 80.72667
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BBR, BC3, BOB, BPL, CEJ, COB, GBD, HBE, LAB, LACE, ONF, PTS2, RWS, WCC, WHSB
Principals:Charles Ellet
Use:Vehicular (two-lane light)
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1,010f
Notes
  • Rebuilt, 1854 after it was wrecked by a windstorm. Contrary to popular myth, the rebuilding was undertaken by Ellet and his assistant William K. McComas, not by John A. Roebling.
  • Overhauled, 1860. Again, popular myth often attributes this work to the Roeblings. WHSB attributes this work to William K. McComas. After this overhaul, the bridge still does not have the distinctive diagonal cable stays that give it the appearance of a Roebling bridge.
  • Overhauled, 1872, according to a design by Washington Roebling. John A. Roebling had died in 1869 and was not involved with this work. WHSB notes, "The design essentially Roeblingized the bridge with the diagonal cable stays that are such a prominent feature of the bridge."
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
  • Became longest suspension bridge by eclipsing 1834 Zaehringen - Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • Eclipsed by new longest suspension bridge 1851 Lewiston-Queenston - Lewiston, New York, USA and Queenston, Ontario, Canada.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Stuart Brorson Photo by Scott Bumgardner Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by David Denenberg Collection of Doug Lehman
1852 Charleston (Lovell Street)
Charleston, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:38
References:AAJ, EOV, HBE, PTS2
Principals:W. O. Buchanan, William Kuhn, Abraham Wright
Use:Vehicular
Status:Collapsed, December 15, 1904
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:478f
Deck width:17f
Notes
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
  • Damaged during Civil War. An article in the August 2, 1861 issue of the New York Times mentions: "A junction of our forces having now been effected, the army at once moved on to Elk River, which debouches into the Kanawha at Charleston, where the army encamped for the night. We would have crossed the stream at once, and marched through the town the same evening, but for the fact that the rebels had partially destroyed the beautiful suspension bridge which spans Elk River at this spot, rendering it unsafe for passage. Not content with burning a portion of the flooring, they nearly severed the strands which support the structure, and aid their work, too, in the most bungling manner. A more shameless piece of vandalism I never witnessed. While the army slept, a company of sappers and miners repaired the damage, and yesterday the army, nearly five thousand strong, marched through the streets of Charleston."
  • Next to 1884 (suspension bridge) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
Print, collection of David Denenberg
1852 Fairmont and Palatine
Fairmont, West Virginia, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:39
References:EOV, PTS2
Principals:James L. Randolph
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
1852 Guyandotte
Guyandotte and Huntington, West Virginia, USA (Guyandotte River)
Bridgemeister ID:40
References:AAJ, EOV, PTS2
Principals:George Wilson Mason
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:450f
Notes
  • EOV cites a source claiming the bridge was begun in 1853, but not completed until 1858. AAJ says completed in 1848
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1854 Elk River
Sutton, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:554
References:EOV
Principals:Ira Hart
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Main span:460f
1854 Morgantown
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA (Monongahela River)
Bridgemeister ID:49
References:AAJ, EN19070918, EOV, HBE, PTS2
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:608f
Deck width:20f
Notes
  • Was still part of Virginia at time of completion.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg
1861 Gauley River
Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, USA (Gauley River)
Bridgemeister ID:2123
References:AAJ
Principals:John W. Murphy
Use:Vehicular
Status:Destroyed, 1862
Main cables:Wire (iron)
Notes
  • Don Sayenga writes:
    "It was built in great haste out of military necessity utilizing abutments and piers of an earlier wooden bridge that had been burnt by a unit of the Confederate Army commanded by Gen. John B. Floyd. This occurred just after the fight known as the Battle of Carnifex Ferry on September 10, 1861. Later the Confederate Army recaptured the bridge location and burnt the new one also. The designer/builder was John W. Murphy (1828-1874) who was working as an engineer in Alabama when the war began in 1861. He held a Civil Engineer degree from Rensselaer. Murphy's concept involved multiple factory-made wire ropes as main cables combined with wooden bracing. The exact location of the bridge seems to have been called the New River Cliffs but I haven't found this on a map. Photos of the bridge came into the possession of Prof. George Plympton, an associate of Murphy's in the latter part of his career. Plympton presented a paper about bridges in 1894 reported by The Railroad Gazette August 24. The photos were given to the Gazette - one of their artists converted the photos to pen-and-ink drawings for publication in the issue of November 9, 1894, p. 773."
    Don transcribed the following:

    The Railroad Gazette, August 24, 1894, Page 579.
    "Prof. Plympton then related two reminiscences of bridge building between 1852 and 1861...The other instance was the building of a military suspension bridge over the Gauley River in 1861. The government called for a bridge of sufficient strength to permit the passage of General Rosecrans corps, allowing twenty-four days' time. The abutments and piers of the former bridge remained in good condition. Murphy submitted an original plan, which was accepted. The plans were drawn up by Mr. Murphy on the cars, while he was traveling to Washington to submit his ideas to the United States army en gineers. The plans were accepted and Murphy at once went to work. Four one-inch wire ropes, laid side by side, formed his cables. A pyramidal tower was constructed of heavy timbers, and in place of suspending rods a loosely-formed truss was hung upon the cable without fastening. This truss, connected with the floor of the bridge, was finished on the 22nd day after receiving the order to build."
    Proceedings of the Franklin Institute, October 21, 1874, Page 306.
    "It was a suspension bridge 520 feet in length, 10 feet roadway, consisting of three spans, supported by eight cables. There was some doubt in the mind of the commanding officer that it would answer the purpose...To test it ...he asked that a battalion be ordered to make a charge over it, which was done, to the satisfaction of the General in command...it afterwards passed and repassed the whole command as long as they occupied that portion of the country. A change of base put it into the possession of the Confederates who burnt it down."
  • An article in the July 15, 1951 edition of The Charleston Daily Mail describes the bridge and its demise:
    "After the Confederate forces had retreated and burned the old covered bridge, the Federal engineers constructed a make-shift bridge across the Gauley. There are pictures in existence showing this light, cable bridge erected on the old piers of the original bridge. This structure was cut down Sept. 11, 1862, when the Federals retreated from an attack by Confederate Gen. W. W. Loring, who routed the Unionists from the valley for a brief time."
  • Jakkula has an 1862 entry for "Gauley River Bridge" with little information, citing the American Railroad Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1472, July 2, 1864, p.651: "A suspension bridge built over the Gauley River, Virginia, by the Government in 1862." It is unclear if this reference is for the same bridge.
1884 (suspension bridge)
Charleston, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1427
References:AAJ, HBE, PTS2
Use:Vehicular and Rail (streetcar)
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:273f
Notes
1897 Lincoln Highway (Chester)
East Liverpool, Ohio and Chester, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:105
References:AAJ, BPL, HBE, PTS2
Principals:Hermann Laub, E.S. Fickes
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Removed, 1970
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:705f
Side spans:360f, 420f
Deck width:27f
Notes
  • Rebuilt 1939 by David Steinman. Closed and demolished, 1970.
1900 New River (Swinging)
Nuttallburg and South Nuttall, West Virginia, USA (New River)
Bridgemeister ID:347
References:AAJ, HBE
Use:Footbridge
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:340f
Deck width:6f
Notes
  • At least one of the towers is still standing, as of 2006.
1903 Caperton
Caperton vicinity, West Virginia, USA (New River)
Bridgemeister ID:1422
References:AAJ, HBE, PTS2
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:510f
1905 Market Street
Steubenville, Ohio and East Steubenville, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:114
Structurae ID:0009566
O'Donnell ID:454
Coordinates:N 40.35833 W 80.61167
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2
Principals:Hermann Laub
Use:Vehicular (two-lane)
Status:Under reconstruction (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:680f
Side spans:2 x 260f

Notes
Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz
1905 Newell
East Liverpool, Ohio and Newell, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:117
Structurae ID:0004767
O'Donnell ID:452
Coordinates:N 40.62167 W 80.595
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2
Principals:Dravo Company
Use:Vehicular (two-lane, with walkway)
Status:In use (last checked, 2006)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:750f
Side spans:2
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1907 Vulcan
Vulcan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork Big Sandy River)
Bridgemeister ID:2141
References:AAJ
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:400f
Notes
  • On Page 13 of the December 27, 1967 edition of West Virginia's The Charleston Gazette newspaper, there is a photograph of this footbridge with a Jeep driving across. The caption reads: "Pedestrian bridge at Vulcan... is used by vehicles because it provides a route over the Tug River to Kentucky. A citizen's group has complained that the bridge is not strong enough to support cars." The photograph accompanies an article "Road Reform Call Urged" that says the bridge is "regularly used by Jeeps and small cars." Note the date of the article, December 27, 1967 is 12 days after the Silver Bridge disaster at Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
  • Near (footbridge) - Vulcan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA. Although similar in appearance, these appear to have been different bridges.
1913 Whitesville
Whitesville, West Virginia, USA (Coal River)
Bridgemeister ID:2142
References:AAJ
Use:Footbridge
Status:Collapsed, July 24, 1926
Main cables:Wire
Main span:214f
Deck width:5f
Notes
  • Collapsed July 24, 1926 while overloaded with people watching a carnival performance. The July 25, 1926 edition of The Charleston Gazette reports the incident in an article with headline "Half Hundred Hurt When Crowded Bridge Collapses at Whitesville, Five Dead, Three More May Die" and sub-headline "Span Fall Under Weight of Hundreds Assembled to Watch Fire Fighting Event on River Bank in Connection with Carnival Celebration; Governor Gore Accompanies Physicians and Nurses on Special Relief Train from Here."
  • AAJ cites an Engineering News-Record article from July 29, 1926: "Failure of the bridge was caused by the parting of the turnbuckle on the north end of the east cable. The bridge was built in 1913 and repaired in 1925."
1916 Belpre-Parkersburg
Parkersburg, West Virginia and Belpre, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:134
Structurae ID:0007342
References:AAJ, BPL, PTS2, SJR
Principals:Hermann Laub
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Demolished, March 16, 1980
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:775f
Side spans:275f, 375f
Deck width:22f
1920 Double
Forks of Coal, Alum Creek vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Big Coal River)
Bridgemeister ID:2122
O'Donnell ID:577
Coordinates:N 38.27248 W 81.79935
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Oregonia Bridge Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed (last checked, February 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~200f
Side spans:70f, 91f
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1920 Double
Forks of Coal, Alum Creek vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Little Coal River)
Bridgemeister ID:2121
O'Donnell ID:576
Coordinates:N 38.27243 W 81.80020
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Oregonia Bridge Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Closed (last checked, February 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:~150f
Side spans:~51f, ~58f
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1922 Duck Run (Truebada Swinging)
Truebada, Glenville vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Little Kanawha River)
Bridgemeister ID:139
Structurae ID:0003359
O'Donnell ID:584
Coordinates:N 38.92830 W 80.78731
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:William M. Moss, Fred Lewis
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Closed (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:~205f
Side spans:~66f, ~77f
Notes
  • Bypassed, 1991.
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1928 Fort Steuben
Steubenville, Ohio and Weirton, West Virginia, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:154
Structurae ID:0009568
O'Donnell ID:455
Coordinates:N 40.37833 W 80.615
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:AAJ, PTS2
Principals:Dravo Co.
Use:Vehicular (two-lane heavy, with walkway)
Status:Demolished, February 2012 (last checked, 2012)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:688.75f
Side spans:2 x 283f
Deck width:20.25f

Notes
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Donny Oliver Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1928 Point Pleasant (Silver)
Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Gallipolis vicinity, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:156
Structurae ID:0001423
References:AAJ, BDO, ENR19290620a, ENR19290620b, GBD, LAB, PTS2, SSS
Principals:J.E. Greiner Co.
Use:Vehicular (with walkway)
Status:Collapsed, 1967
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Side spans:2 x 380f
Deck width:27f
Notes
1928 Saint Marys (Hi Carpenter, Short Route)
Saint Marys, West Virginia and Newport, Ohio, USA (Ohio River)
Bridgemeister ID:159
References:BPL, GBD, PTS2
Principals:J.E. Greiner Co.
Use:Vehicular
Status:Demolished, 1971
Main cables:Eyebar (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:700f
Notes
Photo by Ralph Trepal
1940 Nolan Toll
Nolan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:2239
O'Donnell ID:551
Coordinates:N 37.73986 W 82.33125
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular
Status:Only towers remain (last checked, 2007)
Notes
  • The suspension bridge, and later the current adjacent beam and girder bridge, are privately owned and were previously operated as toll bridges. The current bridge was closed by West Virginia in late 2007.
  • Ron Thompson, a member of the family who owns these structures (the suspension bridge formerly, and now the current crossing) writes: "This was a private toll bridge constructed beginning in 1939 by the Big Creek Bridge Company, a privately held corporation headquartered first in Nolan, then in Williamson. The replacement bridge next to it was constructed by the same entity. My father, along with other relatives, inherited most of the corporate stock, and for the last several years he has owned it in its entirety... My grandfather built the original suspension bridge primarily to provide a way to get coal from the surrounding hills in Pike and Martin County, Kentucky to tipples and markets in West Virginia."
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
1950 (footbridge)
Ellamore, West Virginia, USA (Boy Scout Camp Mahonegon)
Bridgemeister ID:1186
O'Donnell ID:972
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Photo by Brian McQueen
1994 Greenbrier
Hosterman, West Virginia, USA (Greenbrier River)
Bridgemeister ID:238
Structurae ID:0008197
O'Donnell ID:351
Coordinates:N 38.46898 W 79.86879
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Sahale, LLC
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:150f
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
2000 (footbridge)
Bramwell, West Virginia, USA (Bluestone River)
Bridgemeister ID:2518
O'Donnell ID:712
Coordinates:N 37.32488 W 81.31427
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:67f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Atwell, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA (Dry Fork of the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River)
Bridgemeister ID:2509
O'Donnell ID:714
Coordinates:N 37.34525 W 81.76831
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:140f
Side spans:2 x 33f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Beatrice vicinity, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (South Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2458
O'Donnell ID:706
Coordinates:N 39.07895 W 81.15855
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Beatrice vicinity, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (South Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2459
O'Donnell ID:707
Coordinates:N 39.08709 W 81.14710
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Beatrice vicinity, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (South Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2457
O'Donnell ID:704
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1
(footbridge)
Bergoo vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1688
O'Donnell ID:350
Coordinates:N 38.49306 W 80.29407
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Blue Bend, West Virginia, USA (Anthony Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2339
O'Donnell ID:916
Coordinates:N 37.92093 W 80.26550
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
(footbridge)
Brake vicinity, West Virginia, USA (South Fork South Branch Potomac River)
Bridgemeister ID:2386
O'Donnell ID:617
Coordinates:N 38.88185 W 79.04349
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:225f
Side span:26f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Bramwell, West Virginia, USA (Bluestone River)
Bridgemeister ID:2519
O'Donnell ID:713
Coordinates:N 37.32769 W 81.31976
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Buckhannon, West Virginia, USA
Bridgemeister ID:1661
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Long footbridge circa early 1900's, unsure of river. Likely removed.
(footbridge)
Burnsville, West Virginia, USA (Little Kanawha River)
Bridgemeister ID:2284
O'Donnell ID:580
Coordinates:N 38.85243 W 80.64827
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:~123f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Burnsville, West Virginia, USA (Little Kanawha River)
Bridgemeister ID:2285
O'Donnell ID:581
Coordinates:N 38.85705 W 80.65621
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Main span:~139f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Cheat Lake vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Cheat River - Lake Lynn Power House and Dam)
Bridgemeister ID:2562
O'Donnell ID:1062
Coordinates:N 39.72056 W 79.85580
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Extant (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire
(footbridge)
Cisco vicinity, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (North Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2454
O'Donnell ID:701
Coordinates:N 39.15388 W 81.23820
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~125f
Side span:~32f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Cisco vicinity, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (North Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2455
O'Donnell ID:702
Coordinates:N 39.13368 W 81.27738
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifftop vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Glade Creek - Babcock State Park)
Bridgemeister ID:873
O'Donnell ID:709
Coordinates:N 37.98300 E 80.94377
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~70f
Notes
  • There is at least one 'droopy' swinging bridge in this park that I have excluded.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1670
O'Donnell ID:340
Coordinates:N 38.57102 W 80.48879
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~230f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1683
O'Donnell ID:346
Coordinates:N 38.50829 W 80.47778
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~253f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1671
O'Donnell ID:341
Coordinates:N 38.56377 W 80.48884
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~260f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1672
O'Donnell ID:342
Coordinates:N 38.55854 W 80.48617
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~208f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1675
O'Donnell ID:345
Coordinates:N 38.51794 W 80.48419
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~195f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1674
O'Donnell ID:344
Coordinates:N 38.52487 W 80.48331
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~183f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1673
O'Donnell ID:343
Coordinates:N 38.52709 W 80.47652
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~238f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Clifton Ford vicinity and Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:1682
O'Donnell ID:339
Coordinates:N 38.59299 W 80.49238
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Bridgemeister.com gives you the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Delray, West Virginia, USA (North River)
Bridgemeister ID:2404
O'Donnell ID:620
Coordinates:N 39.20732 W 78.59352
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x 90f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
East Lynn, West Virginia, USA (East Fork Twelvepole Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:814
O'Donnell ID:899
Coordinates:N 38.166467 W 82.3783
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Photo by Michael Tabor
(footbridge)
Elkins, West Virginia, USA (Tygart Valley River)
Bridgemeister ID:2600
O'Donnell ID:338
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
(footbridge)
Franklin vicinity and Cave vicinity, West Virginia, USA (South Branch Potomac River)
Bridgemeister ID:2385
O'Donnell ID:613
Coordinates:N 38.60056 W 79.37812
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:138f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Hendricks, West Virginia, USA (Dry Fork of the Cheat River)
Bridgemeister ID:1582
O'Donnell ID:335
Coordinates:N 39.07212 W 79.63324
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main spans:2 x ~110f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Julian, West Virginia, USA (Little Coal River)
Bridgemeister ID:2283
O'Donnell ID:552
Coordinates:N 38.16285 W 81.85135
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~247f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Macfarlan, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (South Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2456
O'Donnell ID:703
Coordinates:N 39.08021 W 81.20510
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Marpleton vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Right Fork Holly River)
Bridgemeister ID:2417
Coordinates:N 38.65504 W 80.52314
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
(footbridge)
Pleasant Run, Porterwood vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Shavers Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:2027
O'Donnell ID:337
Coordinates:N 39.0472 W 79.7201
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2005)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Poplar Island, Colfax vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Tygart Valley River)
Bridgemeister ID:2405
O'Donnell ID:628
Coordinates:N 39.41763 W 80.14833
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:275f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Riverside vicinity and Cisco vicinity, West Virginia, USA (North Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2602
O'Donnell ID:700
Coordinates:N 39.16069 W 81.22007
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Riverside, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (North Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2453
O'Donnell ID:698
Coordinates:N 39.17252 W 81.17680
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~120f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Sharlow, West Virginia, USA (Big Coal River)
Bridgemeister ID:1470
O'Donnell ID:911
Coordinates:N 38.13316 W 81.63335
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire
(footbridge)
Smithville vicinity, West Virginia, USA (South Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2603
O'Donnell ID:723
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
(footbridge)
Sprigg vicinity, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork River - Tug Valley Country Club)
Bridgemeister ID:2227
O'Donnell ID:549
Coordinates:N 37.63102 W 82.18641
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:~320f
Notes
  • Wide footbridge used by golf carts.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Troy vicinity, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA (Fink Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:558
O'Donnell ID:586
Coordinates:N 39.03230 W 80.74106
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~137f
Side span:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Troy vicinity, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA (Fink Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2288
O'Donnell ID:585
Coordinates:N 39.03254 W 80.73385
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:4
Main spans:2
Side spans:2

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Troy vicinity, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA (Cove Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2520
O'Donnell ID:730
Coordinates:N 39.03336 W 80.76961
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Troy, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA (Leading Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2511
O'Donnell ID:731
Coordinates:N 39.01879 W 80.76152
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Troy, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA (Leading Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2512
O'Donnell ID:732
Coordinates:N 39.01724 W 80.75551
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Vulcan, West Virginia and Pike County, Kentucky, USA (Tug Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:2262
O'Donnell ID:550
Coordinates:N 37.55934 W 82.11506
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Webster Springs vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Back Fork Elk River - Sycamore Park)
Bridgemeister ID:1406
O'Donnell ID:347
Coordinates:N 38.5105 W 80.364433
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Webster Springs, West Virginia, USA (Back Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:1485
O'Donnell ID:348
Coordinates:N 38.48041 W 80.39865
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Webster Springs, West Virginia, USA (Back Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:1484
O'Donnell ID:349
Coordinates:N 38.48053 W 80.40888
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
(footbridge)
Williamson, West Virginia, USA (Williamson Rail Yard)
Bridgemeister ID:2277
O'Donnell ID:548
Coordinates:N 37.66431 W 82.26774
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:Extant (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • This private bridge spans 16 sets of rail tracks at Williamson. Patrick S. O'Donnell provided a rough main span estimate of 175 feet.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(footbridge)
Wilmore, McDowell County, West Virginia, USA (Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River)
Bridgemeister ID:2510
O'Donnell ID:716
Coordinates:N 37.45758 W 81.75380
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:2
Main span:160f
Side span:22f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Ajax, West Virginia, USA (Pigeon Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2278
O'Donnell ID:572
Coordinates:N 37.79835 W 82.30072
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~106f
Side span:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Atenville, West Virginia, USA (Guyandotte River)
Bridgemeister ID:2527
O'Donnell ID:904
Coordinates:N 38.04645 W 82.14121
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:1
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Beatrice vicinity, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA (South Fork Hughes River)
Bridgemeister ID:2460
O'Donnell ID:708
Coordinates:N 39.08096 W 81.13366
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:115f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Burnsville, West Virginia, USA (Little Kanawha River)
Bridgemeister ID:2281
O'Donnell ID:578
Coordinates:N 38.84409 W 80.63163
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:90f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Burnsville, West Virginia, USA (Little Kanawha River)
Bridgemeister ID:2282
O'Donnell ID:579
Coordinates:N 38.84956 W 80.63578
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:85f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Ferrellsburg, West Virginia, USA (Guyandotte River)
Bridgemeister ID:2528
O'Donnell ID:900
Coordinates:N 38.01376 W 82.08271
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:260f
Side spans:52f, 60f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Hubball, West Virginia, USA (Guyandotte River)
Bridgemeister ID:2526
O'Donnell ID:903
Coordinates:N 38.19713 W 82.19012
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:1
Notes
  • Appears to have carried light vehicular traffic.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Lenore, West Virginia, USA (Pigeon Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2279
O'Donnell ID:574
Coordinates:N 37.79168 W 82.27318
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:2
Main span:~133f
Side span:~36f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Parsley Bottom, West Virginia, USA (Pigeon Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:2280
O'Donnell ID:575
Coordinates:N 37.78695 W 82.26205
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:67f
Side spans:2 x 32f
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Sheridan, West Virginia, USA (Guyandotte River)
Bridgemeister ID:2525
O'Donnell ID:902
Coordinates:N 38.24260 W 82.19645
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Wire
Main span:1
Notes
  • Listed as vehicular bridge due to "Jeep Bridge" notation on some topographical maps accompanying a footbridge symbol. The bridge appears to have been large enough to handle light vehicular traffic.
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
(suspension bridge)
Sissonville, West Virginia, USA (Pocatalico Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:1329
O'Donnell ID:980
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Photo by Wayne Grodkiewicz Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Big Run
Troy vicinity, Gilmer County, West Virginia, USA (Cove Creek)
Bridgemeister ID:557
O'Donnell ID:729
Coordinates:N 39.04545 W 80.77028
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Photo by David Denenberg Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Dry Fork
Hendricks vicinity, West Virginia, USA (Dry Fork of the Cheat River - Otter Creek Trail trailhead)
Bridgemeister ID:1336
O'Donnell ID:336
Coordinates:N 39.04241 W 79.60825
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Photo by David Denenberg
Elkhurst
Elkhurst, Clay County, West Virginia, USA (Elk River)
Bridgemeister ID:327
O'Donnell ID:318
Coordinates:N 38.45182 W 81.15428
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:Closed, 2003 (last checked, 2004)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:3
Notes
  • This is the narrowest vehicular suspension bridge I have ever visited.
  • 4,200-pound weight limit imposed, 1968.
Photo by David Denenberg
Last Chance
Brake, West Virginia, USA (South Fork South Branch Potomac River)
Bridgemeister ID:2387
O'Donnell ID:618
Coordinates:N 38.90370 W 79.02941
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2007)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:215f

Notes
Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
Long Bottom
Hinton, West Virginia, USA (New River)
Bridgemeister ID:2113
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Notes
  • From a sign at the New River Gorge visitors center: "Built in the 1920's, this suspension bridge connected the New River Lumber Company sawmill with the Long bottom train station on the other side of the New River. Rail cars pulled by a steel cable carried lumber to the railroad station."
Photo by Eric Sakowski
Southside
Richwood, West Virginia, USA (Cherry River South Fork)
Bridgemeister ID:1503
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict, 2003
Main cables:Wire
Main spans:2
Notes
  • Located off of Front Street. Heavily damaged by November, 2003 floods.
Swinging
Adamston and North View, West Virginia, USA (West Fork River)
Bridgemeister ID:1981
Use:Footbridge
Main cables:Wire
Swinging
Spelter, West Virginia, USA
Bridgemeister ID:1983
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed, early 1960's.
Main cables:Wire

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