C&O Trestle Bridge
This photo shows the old concrete pylons that supported the single lane addition to the bridge that allowed for automobile traffic to cross Kanawha River.
Long view of C&O bridge
Distant view of bridge set up for car traffic.
View of the bridge from end to end. Notice how narrow the bridge was and imagine a car lane on one side.
A view of the bridge in its current state. This photo shows leaning support beams and uneven tracks.
Backstory and Context
The C&O trestle remained in use until the 1980s, and now stands as a silent sentinel to the former glory days of the railroad. In recent years the City of Charleston launched a plan to rehabilitate the span for incorporation into a proposed rail-trail, but costs proved too high. Currently, the historic trestle is facing an uncertain future, It remains a fine example of railroad engineering and construction techniques in use at the dawn of the 20th century.