Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge

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Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge
Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge2.jpg
The bridge circa 1871
Coordinates37°31′55″N 77°26′37″W / 37.53194°N 77.44361°W / 37.53194; -77.44361
CarriesRichmond and Petersburg Railroad
CrossesJames River
LocaleManchester, Virginia
Characteristics
DesignLattice truss bridge
Total length2,844 feet (867 m)
Width17 feet (5.2 m)
Longest span153 feet (47 m)
Clearance above60 feet (18 m)
History
DesignerMoncure Robinson
Construction start1836
Opened1838
ClosedMarch 26, 1882

The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge was a bridge that carried the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad over the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The bridge was destroyed by the Confederate States Army in anticipation of the Fall of Richmond. The Federal Government rebuilt the Bridge over the James River, a 400 feet (120 m) long, 12 feet (3.7 m) high Trestle Bridge on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad in the last year of the Civil War. It was burned again in 1882 when sparks from a locomotive caused a fire on the bridge.[1] Its south side has been used for rock climbing since the 1980s. Today, the concrete and granite pilings of the bridge can still be seen just upstream of the Manchester Bridge.

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Media related to Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ Griggs, Frank, Jr. (October 2014). "James River Bridge at Richmond, Virginia" (PDF). Structure. National Council of Structural Engineers Associations: 14. Retrieved October 23, 2014.