Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge
Erected 2004 by Main Street Fairmont and the West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
Location. 39° 29.042′ N, 80° 8.535′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on Jefferson Street. Marker at the sidewalk, flat against the stone retaining wall for the A. Brooks Fleming House site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are A. Brooks Fleming House (here, next to this marker); Fairmont (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marion County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Boaz Fleming (about 400 feet away); The Original Dunbar School (about 400 feet away); Attack on Fairmont (about 600 feet away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Colonel George S. “Spanky” Roberts, USAF Memorial Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
More about this marker. There are two copies of this marker, one on each end of the bridge. This is the western historical marker. Look at the page for the eastern historical marker for more photographs and bridge construction information.
Regarding High-Level / Million Dollar Robert H. Mollohan Bridge. The 1921 bridge carried the tracks of the Monongahela Valley Traction Company, an electric railway that ran the streetcar lines in Fairmont on both sides of the river and also provided interurban passenger service between Fairmont and Mannington and between Fairmont, and Weston via Clarksburg. The lampposts on the bridge were originally designed to also hold up the trolley wire that powered the streetcars.
Also see . . . Monongahela West Penn Public Service Company. Excerpt from the 2000 book The Electric Interurban Railways in America by George W. Hilton and John Due.
“By far the most important West Virginia interurban was this large enterprise centered in the mountainous Clarksburg-Fairmont area. The Fairmont and Clarksburg Electric Railroad
“The Monongahela Valley Traction Company changed its name in 1921 to the Monongahela Power and Railway Company, and in 1923 to the Monongahela West Penn Public Service Company, indicating the growth in importance of the auxiliary power business. Monongahela West Penn was part of the extensive network of public utility properties of the American Water Works and Electric System, along with the West Penn Railways.” (Submitted on August 1, 2009.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,089 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 1, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.