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045-0032 Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge

Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge
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VLR Listing Date 06/18/2009

NRHP Listing Date 09/16/2009

NPS property number 09000728

The Crab Run Lane Truss Bridge, erected in 1896, is located in McDowell in Highland County. Manufactured by the West Virginia Bridge Works of Wheeling, West Virginia, the modest size bridge, of four-panel, pony truss construction, is supported by concrete and limestone abutments. Embodying the distinctive characteristics of the patented Lane truss bridge design, as well as the use of bent train rails on the top and bottom of the entire track to improve connection strength, it is the only surviving example of this unusual configuration in Virginia. In 1994, the bridge was closed to motorized traffic and converted for use by pedestrians and bicyclists only.


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

Updated October 9, 2018