WV History: Fayette Station Bridge

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Michelle Seletyn on old Fayette Station Bridge

Oh, the stories I could tell. I used to love sneaking onto the bridge in the mid 1980s, finding the hole big enough to see down through and then letting my legs dangle.

This blog compiles some old photos, structure information and as many articles about Fayette Station (pre-NRG Bridge) as I could find in the archives.

I hope this brings “kids” my age some good nostalgia…

1. View northwest, main Pennsylvania Petit truss span (note New River Gorge Bridge in background). - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Title: 1. View northwest, main Pennsylvania Petit truss span (note New River Gorge Bridge in background). – Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Creator(s): Angus, Norse, creator
Medium: 4 x 5 in.
2. View northwest, south pier. - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Title: 2. View northwest, south pier. – Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Creator(s): Angus, Norse, creator
Medium: 4 x 5 in.
3. View northwest, southeast elevation. - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Title: 3. View northwest, southeast elevation. – Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Creator(s): Angus, Norse, creator
Medium: 4 x 5 in.
4. View north, pony truss approach span. - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Title: 4. View north, pony truss approach span. – Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Creator(s): Angus, Norse, creator
Medium: 4 x 5 in.
5. View northwest, pony truss elevation. - Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Title: 5. View northwest, pony truss elevation. – Fayette Station Bridge, Spanning New River at County Route 82, Fayetteville, Fayette County, WV
Creator(s): Angus, Norse, creator
Medium: 4 x 5 in.

Structure Type: Metal 16 Panel Pin-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed. and Approach Spans: Metal 5 Panel Pin-Connected Pratt Full-Slope Pony Truss, Fixed

Construction Date and Builder / Engineer 1889 By Builder/Contractor: Virginia Bridge and Iron Company of Roanoke, Virginia

After the completion of the NRG Bridge in 1977, the Fayette Station Bridge became unnecessary for everyday traffic. It soon came to a state of disrepair. In the deteriorated state, the bridge was closed to traffic however, in 1997, a project to reopen the bridge to both vehicular and foot traffic, allowing the many tourists who visit the area today to explore the river valley. A few original pieces of the old bridge were saved and reused in the new structure. While

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The train switch at Fayette Station around 1988/1989
Aren’t we a motley crew?

OLD Fayette Station Bridge Articles:

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The Messenger
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Jul 1916, Tue  •  Page 5
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
07 Feb 1937, Sun  •  Page 8
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Beckley Post-Herald The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
28 Feb 1960, Sun  •  Page 10
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The Charleston Daily Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
01 Feb 1968, Thu  •  Page 9
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
10 Aug 1970, Mon  •  Page 9
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
21 May 1971, Fri  •  Page 4
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
02 Apr 1974, Tue  •  Page 11
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Beckley Post-Herald
Beckley, West Virginia
04 Oct 1976, Mon  •  Page 9
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
29 Oct 1976, Fri  •  Page 21
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The Raleigh Register
Beckley, West Virginia
18 Nov 1977, Fri  •  Page 4

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