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Kanauga in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Silver Bridge Disaster

 
 
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Inscription.  On December 15, 1967, about one mile downstream from this historic marker, a national tragedy occured. Forty-six interstate travelers lost their lives when the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River during five o'clock rush hour traffic. The 2,235 foot two-way vehicular bridge connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Kanauga, Ohio via U.S. Route 35. The West Virginia Ohio River Bridge Company built the structure in 1928 for $1.2 million. The bridge, unique in its engineering conception, was the first of its design in America and the second in the world. Instead of woven-wire cable, the bridge was suspended on heat-treated eye-bar chains. It was named the "Silver Bridge" because it was the first in the world to be painted with aluminum paint. In 1969, two years later, its replacement, the Silver Memorial Bridge, was dedicated.
 
Erected 1992 by Gallia County Historical Society O. O. McIntyre Park District and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-27.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts
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DisastersIndustry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical date for this entry is December 15, 1967.
 
Location. 38° 51.851′ N, 82° 8.54′ W. Marker is in Kanauga, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 7, 0.1 miles north of Georges Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1904 Route 7, Gallipolis OH 45631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Silver Bridge Eye-Bar (here, next to this marker); The Silver Bridge Disaster / Silver Bridge Memorial (here, next to this marker); Silver Bridge Collapse and Creation of National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Park (approx. one mile away in West Virginia); 1009 Main Street (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia); 1003 Main Street (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia); 1002 Main Street (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia); Kellian V. Whaley (approx. 1.1 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kanauga.
 
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Additional keywords. Mothman
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2024. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 11 times since then. Last updated on April 15, 2024, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 19, 2024