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This is a list of all 13 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Elk River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. 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 crossings.
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
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
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
(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)
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
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Photo by Patrick S. O'Donnell
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

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