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Bellaire in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Great Stone Viaduct

 
 
The Great Stone Viaduct Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2010
1. The Great Stone Viaduct Marker
Inscription.
Construction of this Great Stone Viaduct began in 1870 at Union Street as an Ohio approach to the railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. It was completed to Rose Hill in April 1871, and the entire bridge span connecting Ohio to West Virginia, of which the Viaduct is a part, was opened to rail traffic on June 21, 1871. Jointly constructed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Central Ohio Railroad, its sandstone piers rise in varying heights 10 to 20 feet above the streets, from which are placed 43 stone arches supported by 37 ring stones (18 on each side of a keystone) intended to symbolize a united Union consisting of 37 states. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, this Ohio River crossing became known as the "Great Shortline to the West."
 
Erected 2008 by The Village of Bellaire and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 0.766′ N, 80° 44.55′ W. Marker is in Bellaire, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Street and 31st Street, on the left when traveling south on Union Street. Click for map
The Great Stone Viaduct Drawing on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2010
2. The Great Stone Viaduct Drawing on Marker
The vehicular bridge (now closed) linking Bellaire and Benwood WV is in the background. Looking NNE.
. Marker is in this post office area: Bellaire OH 43906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Imperial Glass (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willow Grove Mine (approx. mile away); Colonel John H. Sullivan (approx. mile away); War Memorial (approx. mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. mile away); World War II Memorial (approx. mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Square and its Uses / The Question of Ownership (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bellaire.
 
Also see . . .  B & O Bridge and Viaduct. (Submitted on March 9, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars
 
The Great Stone Viaduct and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2010
3. The Great Stone Viaduct and Marker
The 1926 Interstate Bridge (closed 1991) linking Bellaire and Benwood WV is in the background. Looking NNE.
The Great Stone Viaduct Stonework image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2010
4. The Great Stone Viaduct Stonework
The Great Stone Viaduct (South Face) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2010
5. The Great Stone Viaduct (South Face)
Looking WNW along 31st Street.
The Great Stone Viaduct (North Face) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 20, 2010
6. The Great Stone Viaduct (North Face)
Looking WNW along 31st Street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,040 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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