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007-0041 Valley Railroad Stone Bridge

Valley Railroad Stone Bridge
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 1971

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VLR Listing Date 09/17/1974

NRHP Listing Date 11/19/1974

NRHP Reference Number 74002105

This graceful example of masonry engineering is a relic of the now abandoned Valley Railroad line between Staunton and Lexington. The four-arch bridge across Folly Mills Creek was erected in 1884 and is maintained as a scenic landmark for travelers along Interstate Highway 81 by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The bridge is built with rough-faced granite ashlar with smooth-face ashlar employed in the soffits of the arches. The arches are supported on gently tapered stone piers. The Valley Railroad was later absorbed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. This branch was discontinued in 1942 and the tracks have since been removed.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: October 1, 2021