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South Side Bridge

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1936–1937, C. P. Fortney. Dickinson St., crossing Kanawha River
  • South Side Bridge (Michelle Krone)
  • South Side Bridge (Michelle Krone)
  • South Side Bridge (Michelle Krone)

This bridge replaced an earlier span dating from 1890–1891, the first bridge to cross the Kanawha at Charleston. It was condemned in 1936, and this Pennsylvania cantilever truss bridge was erected to replace it. WPA funds provided 40 percent of the $667,000 cost, city appropriations the remainder. Whether the bridge was the largest WPA project in the country at the time, as local accounts often claim, it was indeed a mammoth undertaking.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "South Side Bridge", [Charleston, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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