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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

024-0053 Cartersville Bridge Ruin

Cartersville Bridge Ruin
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VLR Listing Date 03/21/1972

NRHP Listing Date 09/14/1972

NPS property number 72001390

The late 19th-century composite timber and iron superstructure of this engineering landmark was built on stone piers and abutments constructed in 1822 for a covered bridge. The 843-foot bridge was one of the last major bridges of such construction across the James River. All but the two end spans were destroyed by tropical storm Agnes in 1972. These spans and the stone piers have been preserved as objects of interest parallel to a modern bridge. They compose an intriguing eye-catcher from the hilltop village of Cartersville. Title to the ruin was transferred by the state to the Cartersville Bridge Association following the flood.


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

Updated April 4, 2018