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024-0053 Cartersville Bridge

Cartersville Bridge
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2014

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VLR Listing Date 03/21/1972

NRHP Listing Date 09/14/1972

NRHP Reference Number 72001390

The late-19th-century composite timber and iron superstructure of the engineering landmark that was the Cartersville Bridge 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, linking Cumberland and Goochland counties. 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.

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

Updated: October 4, 2021