When the best part of Virginia went West in 1863, she took some pretty amazing bridges with her, including several located in the city of Wheeling, West Virginia. The oldest, the Elm Grove Arch Bridge, was built in 1817. Another remarkable span, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, was begun in 1847. And although it was constructed after West Virginia’s founding, there’s a third impressive bridge hidden away in this city: the Wheeling Stone Arch Bridge that carries Main Street over Big Wheeling Creek.
To visit this amazing location yourself, find it here on Google Maps. Have you crossed the Wheeling Creek Stone Arch Bridge on Main Street in Wheeling? Did you realize it was once the longest single-arch stone bridge in the country? That seems uniquely, fitting, doesn’t it – a foreshadowing of another record-holding single-arched West Virginia bridge to come.
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