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015-0218 Mansion Truss Bridge *Delisted

Mansion Truss Bridge
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/15/1977

NRHP Listing Date 04/15/1978

NPS property number 78003011

Delisted from VLR on 06/19/2008

Delisted from NPS on 06/10/2005

The Mansion Truss Bridge, crossing high above the Staunton River from Campbell County into Pittsylvania County, is a rare surviving type among Virginia’s collection of metal truss bridges. It consists of two camelback through trusses and fifteen steel-beam approach spans. The bridge was constructed by the Brackett Bridge Company in 1903 and probably replaced a covered bridge. It takes its name from the 18th-century mansion of settler John Smith that stood on a hill nearby. Its stone piers have been replaced by lolly columns, steel cylinders filled with concrete. By the mid-1990s, the bridge was targeted for replacement by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The bridge was demolished in 1999, and formally delisted from the NRHP in 2005 and the VLR in 2008.


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

Updated December 12, 2018