Elm Grove Stone Arch Bridge
The Elm Grove Stone Arch Bridge is a very significant and popular bridge in West Virginia. It is also known as the Monument Place Bridge. It was built in 1817 and is the oldest extant bridge in West Virginia , The bridge connects US Route 40 over Little Wheeling Creek in Elm Grove. The building was later placed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1981, which is a great honor for a landmark in your state to be put on that list.
Backstory and Context
The Elm Grove Stone Arch Bridge is located over the Little Wheeling Creek in Wheeling, West Virginia. The bridge is made out of stone, which was a very popular resource at the time the bridge was built but it was also very expensive. The construction of the bridge was completed in 1817.
Today the bridge is still being traveled and used everyday. A flaw that the bridge had was in 1958 people were beginning to notice cracks in the bridges foundation. With this being a famous bridge people wanted to do the best they could in order to preserve it. With that being said in the later seasons of 1958 the bridge was sprayed with gunnite not only to preserve the bridge, but to also strengthen it.
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