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019-0086 Clarkton Bridge

Clarkton Bridge
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/08/2006

NRHP Listing Date 01/26/2007

NRHP Reference Number 06000747

Clarkton Bridge employed an efficient “Camelback” steel truss system for its span across the Staunton River in Charlotte and Halifax counties. Erected in 1902 by Virginia Bridge & Iron Co., of Roanoke, Clarkton was the only surviving metal truss bridge in Virginia built for highway use that was supported by steel piers, once a common engineering practice. Its name derived from the village of Clarkton, which began as a rail station and express office on the Lynchburg and Durham (now Norfolk and Western) Railroad on the large plantation of Thomas Clark. In 2005, the Virginia Department of Transportation, in association with the Clarkton Bridge Alliance, rehabilitated the structure for non-vehicular use.  The bridge was demolished in the fall of 2018.


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


Updated: December 4, 2020