Casselman Bridge

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Casselman's Bridge, National Road
Southern side
Casselman Bridge is located in Maryland
Casselman Bridge
Location East of Grantsville on U.S. Route 40 Alternate, Grantsville, Maryland
Coordinates 39°41′48″N 79°8′37″W / 39.69667°N 79.14361°W / 39.69667; -79.14361
Built 1813
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 66000391
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL 29 January 1964[2]
Coordinates: 39°41′48″N 79°08′37″W / 39.69667°N 79.14361°W / 39.69667; -79.14361
Casselman River Bridge State Park
Maryland State Park
Casselman River Bridge 1933.jpg
Casselman River Bridge in 1933
Country United States
State Maryland
County Garrett
Elevation 2,113 ft (644 m) [3]
Coordinates 39°41′48″N 79°08′37″W / 39.69667°N 79.14361°W / 39.69667; -79.14361 [3]
Area 4 acres (2 ha) [4]
Founded Unspecified
Owner Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Nearest city Grantsville, Maryland
Location of Casselman River Bridge State Park in Maryland
Website: Casselman River Bridge State Park
Castleman's River Bridge Historic Marker.jpg

Casselman Bridge, also known as Casselmans Bridge or Castleman's Bridge, was completed in 1811 and opened for traffic in 1813 to carry the National Road across the Casselman River near Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland. The bridge was built to aid in the westward movement through the wilderness west of Cumberland. The 354-foot-long (108 m) stone arch bridge spans 48 feet (15 m) with a 30-foot-high (9.1 m) arch.

It is located 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east of Grantsville, Maryland beside what is now US Route 40 Alternate and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964.[2] While highway traffic no longer crosses the bridge, it remains in good condition.[5][6]

A historic marker is posted on both ends of the bridge and reads:

Erected 1813 by David Shriver, Jr., Sup't of the "Cumberland Road" (The National Road). This 80 foot span was the largest stone arch in America at the time. It was continuously used from 1813 to 1933.[7]

Rehabilitation and Preservation[edit]

In the 1940s and early 1950s efforts were made to preserve the bridge. Sections of the bridge had started to crumble and fall apart. The bridge was patched and preserved as well as possible at the time. In 1979 the bridge was inspected structurally and rehabilitation plans were designed by Wallace, Montgomery & Associates, LLP, to help save the structure and return it to its original state.

Casselman River Bridge State Park[edit]

The bridge and surrounding 4 acres are preserved as Casselman River Bridge State Park. The bridge is open to pedestrians, and there are fishing opportunities in Casselman River.[8] Historic Stanton's Mill lies adjacent to the park.

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Casselmans Bridge, National Road". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Casselman Bridge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 1996-12-04. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  4. ^ "FY2013 DNR Owned Lands Acreage Report". Maryland DNR. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Joseph Scott Mendinghall (May 3, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Casselman Bridge, National Road". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Casselman Bridge, National Road". National Register Listings in Maryland. Maryland Historic Trust. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Castleman’s River Bridge (Formerly "Little Youghiogeny")". The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Casselman River Bridge State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 

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